今回の地震、原発、停電など、まだ刻一刻と変化する状況が続いていますが、訪日/外国人向けポータルサイトのジャパンガイドでは毎日最新の情報をアップデートして彼らに正しい情報を伝え続けています。
地震が起きた11日から本日17日までの間ですでに7万人以上のユーザーが閲覧しています。

Earthquake and Tsunami Update|http://www.japan-guide.com/news/0018.html

Japan Travel News - Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011-1

本日現在、最新の更新情報 (3月17日 5:50)

発信している内容は、以下の通りです。

・福島原発の状況
・関東地方の停電の状況
・交通機関の影響

実際に災害が起きた地域、福島原発の場所などをビジュアルで説明するとともに、計画していた訪日旅行をどうしようか迷っている世界中の旅行者に対して以下のように伝えています。

地震発生からまだ1週間も経っておらずまだ様々な問題が明瞭ではないけれども、もう数日たてば状況がよりわかりやすくなる可能性があります。可能であれば、今後数週間、数ヶ月以上先に訪日旅行の計画をしている人は、最終的に延期またはキャンセルを行う前に、さらに数日間様子をみることをお勧めします。

Because less than a week has passed since the earthquake, various issues remain unclear. However, they are likely to become more comprehensible within a matter of days. If feasible, people with travel plans over the coming weeks and months are advised to observe the situation for a few more days before making eventual postponements or cancellations.

そんな中、近日中に日本への旅行を予定していた外国人ユーザーからの声が続々と集まっています。
既に今回は訪日旅行をキャンセルした人、今迷っていて、もう少し様子をみようと状況を見守っている人、中には、自分が予定している旅程は安全なので、今の日本のためには自分たちのtourism powerが必要だと意見する人など様々です。

ただ、何ヶ月も前から(人によっては何年も前から)楽しみにしていた訪日旅行をキャンセルする彼らの中には、曖昧なそして場合によっては間違った情報で訪日旅行を断念してしまう場合もありますので、将来的な風評被害を広げないためにも、日本側から、もっと「今、こういう状況ですよ」という一般的な情報発信が必要だと強く感じています。

Forum に寄せられているユーザーの声を一部ご紹介します。

What’s really the situation in Japan?
I am planning to visit Japan next month (Apr 12 – Apr 22), travelling between Osaka and Tokyo. Many of my friends and family are worried about the nuclear radiation stuff aired on many major news networks, and are advising me not to go.
I am from Thailand and I have seen how media like CNN or MSNBC tend to dramatise situations like this. We had the major riot here in Bangkok last year and they made it like we were in a war zone. So I have my doubts – is it as bad as these media make it sound? And how widespread is the effect of the nuclear radiation? I think I already know about the effects of the earthquake and the tsunami.

It would be nice if japan-guide.com can actually help us in assessing the accuracy of the news reported by those major networks. I tend to trust this website more than I trust those news media. :)

2011/3/14 00:53 by Tapanan

I have cancelled my trip and channeled my travelling budget to the Red
Cross instead. Please be strong, Japan!

2011/3/15 22:12 by Tara (guest)

Since i got 3 weeks i’ll simply wait a week, think then to see (only
one rebooking is free of charge so need to be sure what to do and
how), then maybe wait a week more and then decide.
But i badly wanna go there, not just for me to explore the country but
also for the tourism and the people there – i dont wanna be in the way
but i cant just dump all of western japan if they got np – when it
could help them so much to get the tourism – which itself would help
all of japan.

2011/3/16 08:16 by kitty (guest)

My girlfriend and I have plans to go from Mar 22-Apr 4. We are
spending a few days in Tokyo, then heading south to Kyoto/Nara. We are
definitely still planning to go. While we are sensitive to the
situation, we feel it is important for us and the Japanese people that
we NOT cancel our trip, and continue to support them in one way: with
our tourist dollars. We are prepared for inconveniences, and the
potential for more earthquakes, but that is a risk we already live
with in San Francisco. I do not want to be insensitive by going and
trying to “have fun”, but we also feel that if everybody cancels their
trips, many people who are not directly impacted by the disaster will
be adversely affected by the loss of business. We do not want to sound
selfish, either. When we go, we will be as helpful, respectful, and
“out-of-the-way” as possible. I hope that others, depending on their
personal adversity to risk, will not cancel their trips and stand with
the Japanese people. I have about 7 other friends who are also going
around the same time. We spoke last night and everyone agreed that it
is best for us to go and give them our business. My heart is with
those who lost friends and family. I emailed all of our hotel and
ryokan wishing them the best and letting them know we are not going to
cancel. Now, easing my parent’s worries…that’s another story.

2011/3/15 13:50 by Tom (guest)

I arrived in Tokyo early this afternoon.
Travel from the airport ended up not being a problem at all. It was a little less convenient than normal, but no major problems. My family arriving in Narita were able to easily get a airport bus and were in the city within 2 and a half hours of landing.

After arriving, I am glad I did not cancel my trip. The city is a little less lit up, a few shops are closed or closed early, and it seems a bit emptier, but its largely business as usual. I think a lot of businesses in Tokyo are really hurting from the lack of tourists so I’m happy to bring them a little business.

Once we get out a little more (we haven’t gone out of Shinjuku yet) we will decide if we want to spend the full 4 days here. But I’m very glad we didn’t cancel.

2011/3/16 20:57 by B (guest)

もちろん緊迫した状況がまだ続いていますので、今、「訪日旅行をキャンセルしないで」なんてとても言える状況ではありません。

しかしながら、特に最後の「日本に到着した」という投稿に対しては、「実際の東京の様子を教えてくれてありがとう!」「TVで言っていたほど、ゴーストタウンになっているわけではないんだね、それがわかってよかった」と言った声も寄せられています。
今訪日を予定している外国人にとって必要なのは、例えば東京の場合は「交通情報や停電がどの程度影響があるか」、また例えば関西地方の場合は、「ほとんど影響はないんだ」という、まさに今日本にいる人からのリアルな声かもしれません。

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