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Last verified: Thursday, 19. September 2019 at 07:22 AM

Japan Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Japan is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 2.0 / 5

Travelling Japan is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.0 / 5

This country shares no land border with any other country. Thus, the region score is identical to the country risk rating.

Risk scoring history for Japan

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Japan.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Japan from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.0 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 0 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Do not travel to the areas near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant designated by the Japanese Government as Areas under Evacuation Orders (as identified on the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website) due to the risk of radiation.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/japan

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise normal precautions in Japan. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. 

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/japan-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - I huvudsak ett tryggt resmål. Beakta risken för jordbävningar och tyfoner. Följ de japanska myndigheternas anvisningar.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/JP

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Brug din sunde fornuft og vær opmærksom på mistænkelig adfærd, som du ville være det, hvis du var i Danmark. De fleste danskere har ingen problemer under besøg i Japan. Du bør dog være opmærksom pga. risikoen for naturkatastrofer.

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/japan/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Japan: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/japansicherheit/213032

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens that Torrential rain hit south western Japan prompting local governments to instruct thousands of people to evacuate as rivers overflowed and at least two people lost their lives.

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

Individual changes for Japan

This is the recent history of individual changes that affected the total asessment of Japan. Most recent events first.

Changes from July 5th 2019

The total rating for Japan changed from 2.0 to 2.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The New Zealand government removed their warning for Japan with a previous rating of 0.0.

About Japan

Japan with its capital Edo is a country in Asia (Eastern Asia), slightly smaller than California (377,835 km²). The country is located Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula. The climate can be described as varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north. The landscape is mostly rugged and mountainous. With a population of about 127.29 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Edo
Population about 127.29 million
Size 377.835 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than California
Common languages Japanese
Currency Yen (short: JPY)
Common voltage (electricity) 100V - 50/60Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 3G
International phone prefix +81
Internet Top Level Domain .jp
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 JP
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 JPN
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 392

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Japan is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • acidification of lakes and reservoirs degrading water quality and threatening aquatic life
  • air pollution from power plant emissions results in acid rain
  • but it has now implemented a new policy of seeking to restart nuclear power plants that meet strict new safety standards
  • contributing to the depletion of these resources in Asia and elsewhere
  • following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster
  • Japan is one of the largest consumers of fish and tropical timber
  • Japan originally planned to phase out nuclear power

Natural hazzards

  • about 1,500 seismic occurrences (mostly tremors but occasional severe earthquakes) every year
  • both Unzen (1,500 m) and Sakura-jima (1,117 m), which lies near the densely populated city of Kagoshima, have been deemed Decade Volcanoes by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to their
  • many dormant and some active volcanoes
  • tsunamis
  • typhoons

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Japan. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. chemicals
  2. electronic equipment
  3. machine tools
  4. most technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles
  5. nonferrous metals
  6. processed foods
  7. ships
  8. steel
  9. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. barley
  2. beef
  3. dairy products
  4. fish
  5. flowers
  6. fruit
  7. legumes
  8. pork
  9. potatoes
  10. poultry

Japanese Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Japan.

Export products

  1. auto parts
  2. iron
  3. motor vehicles
  4. plastic materials
  5. power generating machinery
  6. semiconductors
  7. steel products

Import products

  1. audio
  2. clothing
  3. coal
  4. liquid natural gas
  5. petroleum
  6. semiconductors
  7. visual apparatus

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Japan?

Japan is currently rated at 2,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. Travelling Japan is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Japan in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Japan.

How many travel advisories do you know for Japan?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for Japan.

What is the size of Japan?

Japan has a size of 377,835 km² or 145,883 mi² which is slightly smaller than California.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.