Japan warnings remain but government charters stop

by Ella FAIRCHILD on March 21, 2011

The British Foreign Office is still advising against non-essential travel to northeast Japan and Tokyo due to continued fears about radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. It has been revealed that at least 500 Brits in the country have so far been given iodine tablets in an attempt to reduce the effects of a possible atomic leak.

A spokeswoman for the FCO confirmed that the tablets, which stop the body absorbing too much radioactive iodine, have been given only to those who requested them. She added, however, that the move was still only a contingency measure and advised people to wait until they are asked to take them.

According to the chief scientific advisor for the UK, those currently outside the 80kms exclusion zone around the plant are not in any real danger of poisoning. Those still in a close proximity to the factory have been told to leave or stay indoors.

Meanwhile, Brits are continuing to scramble their way out of the country which was devastated by a 9.0 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami last week. The Foreign Office has also confirmed that no more government planes will be made available for citizens wishing to leave the chaotic region.

The last government-chartered flight – one of four - left Japan for Hong Kong yesterday. Dozens of UK nations were also shipped from Sendai, which was levelled by the tsunami, to Tokyo on charted buses.

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