Tourism to Japan still on track despite radiation rise
CNATAIPEI--Travel to Japan by Taiwanese nationals has shown no signs of decreasing, despite a significant rise in radiation levels at Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Travel Agent Association of Taiwan said Wednesday.
September 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said that day that recorded radiation levels at the power plant have spiked more than 20 percent to 2,200 millisieverts, up from 1,800 mSv recorded Aug. 31.
According to Hsu Kao-ching, secretary-general of the association, the information has had little effect on Taiwanese tourists because tour groups from Taiwan have avoided visiting areas potentially affected by radiation leaks since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to a meltdown of three reactors at the power plant.
The number of Taiwanese tourists to Japan saw a significant jump in the first half of this year, Hsu said, adding that tourist interest in Japan remains high between September and November, the season when many people visit the country to watch the maple leaves turning red.