Will you still go to Japan?

Philippines
March 14, 2011 4:13am CST
I am scheduled to go to Japan this March 31, 2011. I already have the Visa and all other travel documents. Though I am going south of Japan, which is miles away from where the area where it was hit by a tsunami just recently, my worries are still there and I sometimes think of not pursuing our plan to go to Japan. However, as I have said, I already have all the travel papers including ticket which is non-refundable and non-transferrable. If you were in my situation, would you still go to Japan?
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
14 Mar 11
You may want to reconsider such a trip at this time. There may be certain safety factors to look at. Check with a travel agent and take their advice on your current travel plans. good luck!
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
I am actually monitoring the news everyday. Thank you.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
14 Mar 11
dorisday1971, In the first place, I think you see if your trip is really necessary. I am sure there will not be much choice if you are traveling due to work or have a business engagement there. If this is a leisure trip, then you may need to check if your itinerary will be greatly affected. It is a known fact that there are quite a number of cities being greatly affected by this disaster, rendering them inaccessible. You may want to check with the latest on the travel advisories on your destination. Japan is still having problems reorganizing and waiting for more aftershocks to take place. Also, there is the inevitable nuclear leakage which is the currently the biggest concern - radiation and meltdown. So even if your destination is quite a distance from the affected disaster site - I would not be surprise to anticipate that the mood will be quite somber there. About your air ticket's restrictive rules, I believe that you can be protected by your travel insurance if you decide otherwise for your trip. You may not get the full amount but I am sure any partial recovery will suffice - considering the bigger picture which is your safety, here. So, I would ask that you do your homework and decide accordingly. Take care and have a nice day.
• Philippines
14 Mar 11
I am worried about the radiation and meltdown. I hope it things will be alright come March 31.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 11
Go. We don't know what is in for us with each tick of the long hand, so you should go. just don't forget precautions, and just remember, you're going to the south where they are better equipped with earthquake prrof places and buildings and that you are there because it is a need. Go. God bless and i will pray for you. :)
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• Philippines
14 Mar 11
Thank you.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 11
Do you know what will happen to you tonight at 7:21PM? i don't, and certainly haven't got the slightest idea of what is in for me when I finish my work and travel towards home this afternoon. Go, earthquakes don't visit the same place twice carrying the same magnitude. tremors maybe, but remember, southern japan is more developed than the north and they are more equipped with earthquake proof places and buildings... still, even these won't give you assurance but go, coz you know not what is there for tomorrow... just pray :)
• Philippines
14 Mar 11
Thank you for that nice advice.
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@anna18 (142)
• Philippines
14 Mar 11
If given a chance, I will still go to Japan.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 11
Well, that's possible.
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@kingparker (9698)
• United States
14 Mar 11
You have to check with the news update from now on, to see whether it is safe to go there. There will be authority to allow people to come in or go out Japan. I don't think the local government would allow any tourists to come in if it is too dangerous right? So, make sure yourself check with any news update either on television or from online. I would still go if it is safe there.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 11
I am always checking the internet for updates. I hope that by then Japan is already safe so I will go there.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
15 Mar 11
I don't know about that. It's a shame your tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Do you think that given the circumstances they might let you travel elsewhere or set it for a later time? I would be worried about the radiation and also I would think that many people who live in Northern Japan would now be relocating down to Southern Japan. Also, you know they will be nowhere near finished cleaning up everything by the end of March. Good luck with your travel plans. Have a nice day and happy myLotting!!!
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
15 Mar 11
Well, since you have an non refundable and non transferable tickets, it seems that you must go. Just hope that in 2 weeks time there will be some assurance that everything gets back to normal.
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
that's what I am hoping and praying for that things will be okey in two weeks time.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
18 Mar 11
Great. If nothing good happens you can try to reimburse the tickets citing a natural disaster. Hope they will understand.
@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I do not believe that I would. It does not sound safe and I would not want to be there.
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
as of now, Japan is not really safe. How I wish that there will be no radiation come March 31.
@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
19 Mar 11
There is no way that I would go now. It is getting too close to the time you are supposed to go. It is just too dangerous.
@garson (886)
• United States
28 Mar 11
I am curious: Have you called about your ticket situation? Or is there any fine print somewhere on your tickets that address the situation in Sendai (natural disaster, travel warning, etc) Have you plan on traveling to Japan for awhile? Is it for travel or business or family visit? Definitely keep up on the news and updates. Don't let something like this shake you, but of course you still need to take precaution first.
• Philippines
28 Mar 11
We are still watching the news for updates. Hope things will be better soon.
• Philippines
26 Mar 11
I would say yes and no. Yes because all is set already, besides, you can no longer refund those tickets. And no, since the radiation leak is far more unpredictable. But if it is a short trip, maybe you can leave earlier.
• Philippines
28 Mar 11
If we will pursue in going to Japan, we will definitely cut short our trip.
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
16 Mar 11
Well I guess you have no other choice but go there since you have all the documents you have and since your destination is not affected by the recent calamity then I guess it is safe to travel there. But I think if I could have the same opportunity I would avoid the place since there is a nuclear crisis happening there and the whole country is in turmoil from that calamity.
• Philippines
28 Mar 11
We are supposed to go to the southern part of Japan which is not affected by the tsunami and radiation leak problems.
@zralte (4186)
• India
14 Mar 11
If I were you, I would cancel my trip. I do understand you are going nowhere near where the Tsunami hit. Think about the nuclear power plant though. I would not risk radiation poisoning. That's just me though, the ever coward. Best thing would be to check internet for news and updates. If possible, contact your country's embassy in Japan for their advice. If you cannot contact them, at least check their webpage. I found that embassy usually give warning to their countrymen if there is any danger.
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
I am checking and monitoring the internet and watching the news everyday.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Mar 11
hi dorisday I wou ld really rethink the trip as several large nuclear power plants have had explosions and the radiation' clouds over these parts of Japan are now stopping any traveling into and out of those areas. you need to find out if the area you are going to is under that radiation cloud as you will not be allowed to travel there from what I have heard on the TV as ships and planes aretodl no right now. rescue missions were stoppef because of the radiation clouds
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
The radiation level is very alarming and that makes japan unsafe. I would really have to cancel our trip unless things will be alright come March 31.
• Philippines
14 Mar 11
If i were you i will not go to japan anymore. I think this is not the right time to go there. Nobody knows if there will still be aftershocks from that quake and there's still the problem and fear of radiation because of the meltdown of nuclear power plant in Fukushima and finally the explosion of the nuclear power reactors 1 & 3. You should worry about your safety and not the money you spent on your plane ticket.
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
Our safety is my first priority of course. The explosion of the nuclear reactors worries me much.
• Italy
14 Mar 11
Japanese are very strong people, they'll be up in no time. If I were you, I'll continue to check the news, since the most worrying thing right now are the issues at the nuclear plant in Fukushima Dai-ichi - and the news aren't as worrying as foreigner newspapers are saying, actually. Go to the TEPCO official site for more updated and true news, and then make your decision, but please, try to think of this as an emergency situation. And, are you sure your ticket is non-refundable? :( I know JAL let all of the tickets up to March 31st to be refundable.
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
My ticket is non-refundable since I bought it on sale.
@maximax8 (27344)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 11
You are going to the south of Japan and nowhere near where the tsunami hit. If I was in your situation I would still go on my trip. When the situation arises when a destination is dangerous the airline cancels the ticket and the traveler gets a full refund. That happened to when I booked a flight to Mexico but a hurricane went and hit that coast. Cancun Airport closed and was in a state of emergency. I got my money back and booked to go to the Maldives. You have your plane ticket and your visa ready so you should go and have a lovely time. When a country has a natural disaster it still needs revenue from tourism. I really would love to go to Japan.
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
I am just wishing that things will be alright in Japan by March 31. I am afraid of the radiation actually.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
17 Mar 11
I'm not sure if the people this article talks about are in the north or south of Japan, but it sounds like the US government is evacuating the families and dependents of American personnel. I don't know if that means they will decide not to allow anyone into the country now or not. U.S. officials were taking no chances. In Washington, the State Department warned U.S. citizens to consider leaving the country and offered voluntary evacuation to family members and dependents of U.S. personnel in the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110317/ap_on_bi_ge/as_japan_earthquake
@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
15 Mar 11
Amidst the present situation in Japan, would you? Everyone in Japan wants to fly out of the country, I don't know why you're having second thoughts about going there. We don't know when those after shocks will stop, we've been hearing the news that after shocks is recurrent and the danger of radiation, not to mention the loss of electricity and food and water. I guess, you don't have to regret that plane ticket is non-refundable or your efforts in preparing for the trip will be put to waste. Those material things as well a the opportunity can be replaced and but not your life should your life be put on danger there in Japan. Plan for a Japan trip next time that is safe.
@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
15 Mar 11
Definitely not! What is a visa and some nonrefundable tickets compared to the detriment you will be exposing your life to. Japan is devastated right now, and the threat of radiation is for real. Do you think the Japanese will take care of you? If they could have one less being to take care of, they would. Why add up to their already gigantic problem? Besides, advisories are up and the Filipinos are voluntarily coming home. Many cannot because there is limited fuel to transport them to the airports. We are even sending a C-130 to retrieve our people. Consider your visa and your ticket a loss and move on. Another country could do you well.