I know a couple of people who are due to travel to Japan soon. They are coming here to live and teach English. Actually, in March/April I imagine a lot of people are due to come to Japan. The new Japanese school year starts in April, and that means a new batch of ALTs and JETs will be arriving.
Right now, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK) advises against “all but essential travel to north-eastern Japan and Tokyo.” Of course, we should respect that advice and monitor it for any updates. But don’t forget about the rest of Japan. Here in Shizuoka Prefecture, for example, life is going on as normal (except perhaps a little in the east, where they may be having rolling blackouts).
So, if you’re planning to come to Japan to start a new job and maybe a new life, check the news and of course be careful, but don’t freak out. If you’re due to be coming to any of the non-affected prefectures, don’t cancel your plans. Come to Japan and help the country to continue. On the news, people have been talking about “rebuilding a country”, and that is what we need to do. We need to rebuild and continue our lives.
As far as tourism goes, I’m no expert on the economy, but I imagine Japan needs tourism right now too. Again, respect the travel advice being given about “non-essential travel”, but if you were planning to visit Japan this year, don’t cancel your trip. I understand if you want to delay it a little, but please still come. Japan is a beautiful country and will welcome you with open arms. Yokoso!
(The flower has no relevance – I just thought it was beautiful and cheerful!)