Government Of Canada Travel Advisories Japan

Risks associated with travel in Japan

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for the country of Japan citing risks associated with travel in this area. In this magazine article, we will look into the reasons for this advisory and the risks associated with this destination. Since 2010, Japan has experienced a high number of natural disasters — including multiple earthquakes, typhoons, and floods. Moreover, Japan is located in a part of the world where nuclear disasters may occur. While the Japanese government has taken measures to reduce the risk of radiation exposure, the risks associated with travelling to this part of the world, particularly in light of these events, should not be underestimated.
The Government of Canada has outlined pertinent risks associated with travelling to Japan. For starters, there is the risk of serious physical injury or even death due to natural disaster such as earthquake or tsunamis. It is important to note that Japan’s seismic activity is particularly active, meaning that travellers should be prepared for such occurrences. In addition, the Government of Canada has highlighted the risk of radiation from both natural and man-made causes. Among the most significant risks are those associated with nuclear disasters and river flooding. Elsewhere, travellers should also exercise caution due to the risk of contracting infectious diseases, such as influenza, measles, and encephalitis.
The Government of Canada has provided tips for travelling safely to Japan. First and foremost, it is important to purchase travel health insurance that covers all medical costs incurred both in the country of Japan and during transit. Similarly, travellers should familiarise themselves with the procedure of what to do in the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami, and take all necessary precautions to prepared for such an event. Elsewhere, those travelling with children should bring along extra medication for treating common illnesses. It is also advised to review the Government of Canada’s Travel Advisory on Japan and to register with the Canadian Foreign Service on the Registration of Canadians Abroad for pertinent updates and security warnings.

Government of Canada Travel Advisory based on Travel Risks

In terms of the Government of Canada’s travel advisory, travellers should exercise a high degree of caution due to the risks we have outlined above. While major tourist areas such as Tokyo and Kyoto are generally safe, different parts of Japan carry different risks. Moreover, individuals should stay informed of local conditions and check government messaging and warnings as these could change without notice. Furthermore, support services may not always be available in remote parts of Japan. As such, it is important to keep track of the current travel situation in this part of the world.
The Government of Canada has other specific travel advice for visitors and locals alike. It is important to be aware of the presence of Japanese organized crime, also known as the Yakuza, in certain parts of Japan. These organizations are particularly active in areas of Tokyo and western Japan and travellers should exercise caution in these areas and not become involved in activities related to organized crime. Similarly, those visiting Japan should also remain aware of existing political tensions with neighbouring countries such as China and North Korea, and avoid any demonstrations or political rallies that could potentially be held.

Environmental Issues

Environmental issues pose an additional risk for those travelling to Japan. Air pollution is becoming an increasingly serious issue in parts of the country, so those travelling to such areas should consider bringing an air mask, or avoid these areas completely. Furthermore, it is advised that visitors do not swim in the ocean (particularly around sewage outlets) and exercise caution when eating seafood due to pollution and radiation in certain areas of Japan.

Travel Document Requirements and Entry Regulations

When entering Japan, visitors from certain countries require a visa. This visa should be obtained prior to the start of the journey. Elsewhere, it is mandatory for all foreign visitors to complete a Landing Card upon arrival in Japan. The Landing Card should be retained until the visitor’s departure from the country. In addition, those travelling to Japan should have at least six months remaining validity on their passport, as well as a return/onward ticket (or equivalent proof of onward travel).

Global Impact of Coronavirus

As the current coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, it has become increasingly important to stay informed of the risks associated with international travel. The Government of Canada has advised travellers not to visit Japan due to the potential risk associated with contracting the virus. This warning is especially applicable for those who have underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems. In addition, travellers should bear in mind the financial implications associated with travel at this time, both in terms of unexpected travel costs and lost wages due to cancelled trips or the requirement for self-isolation upon return.

Alternative Travel Destinations

Given the risks associated with travelling to Japan and the wider warning issued by the Government of Canada, it may be worthwhile to consider alternative travel destinations. These could include North American cities such as Toronto, Montreal, New York, and San Francisco. Similarly, travel could be extended to neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Vietnam, or further afield to other Asian destinations. These locations are all considered to be relatively safe for travellers and provide experiences that are not necessarily available in Japan.

Mindful Travel Experiences

Finally, it is important to bear in mind that travelling should be conducted in a mindful way. This means being aware of both the local culture and customs, as well as the impact that your visit may have on the local environment and wildlife. As such, travellers should avoid participating in mass-tourism activities such as interacting with animals, buying local crafts or souvenirs made from endangered wildlife, and patronizing organisations that mistreat animals. Furthermore, those travelling should take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their fellow travellers from infectious diseases by carrying hand sanitiser and avoiding contact with strangers.

Margarita Nelson

Margarita M. Nelson is a Japan-based writer and researcher. She has written extensively on the culture, history, and current events of Japan for various publications. She holds an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Tokyo, and is currently writing a book on the history of the Ainu people of northern Japan.

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