Tokyo radiation concerns for early stage pregnant tourist??
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 20, 2012 7:53 PM Last Post By: karandavasana
Mar 11, 2012 10:54 PM
Tokyo radiation concerns for early stage pregnant tourist??Hi all,
Does anyone have any information or informed opinions about whether it is safe for a newly pregnant woman to travel to Tokyo for a week? My wife and I are newlyweds and we are trying to start a family. She IS NOT currently pregnant, but based on the timing of the trip, she could be during her trip. The trip is in a month, so she could be anywhere from 1-30 days pregnant. I know that international flights (and daily life) subjects us to various amounts of radiation but I am specifically inquiring about Tokyo.
My wife came across a great situation where she can travel to Tokyo for free for work - first class airfare, park hyatt etc. Plus she is Japanese American so she has always wanted to visit Tokyo. The work involves very light litigation organization but for the most part it's considered a very cushy trip and there are other coworkers that would happily replace her.
We have scoured the internet and have not come across reputable or informative articles about the current radiation levels in Tokyo. In the absence of any data, she may just skip the trip. Better safe than sorry, but we would like to make an informed decision. Thanks!
Edited by: undertraveled
Mar 12, 2012 12:56 AM
Mar 12, 2012 4:37 AM
2Use the information on this JNTO site to see radiation levels in major cities (and compare to others around the world, too).
Mar 12, 2012 8:40 PM
3Yes, levels in Tokyo are back to normal, actually they are lower than many other cities around the world, If you do want to worry about something, rather consider the radiation exposure from the flight itself.
Mar 14, 2012 4:32 AM
Mar 14, 2012 6:15 AM
Mar 18, 2012 3:35 AM
Mar 20, 2012 7:53 PM
7I and many of my Tokyo-dwelling friends have conceived and given birth to healthy babies in the year since the disaster. As above, radiation levels in Tokyo are normal, and lower than in many areas of the world. It's been quite a while since there were any reports of food with levels above the very stringent safety standards, and there are plenty of independent individuals with geiger counters checking.
Perceived risk is an interesting thing- the pollution in places like Beijing and Shanghai is absolutely horrendous and is a genuine, immediate health concern for the people there, yet a lot of people imagine that going to Tokyo is riskier for your health.
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