Japan reaching out to tourists

Almost a year after the March 11 disasters struck Japan and hit its tourism sector, authorities are still finding ways to draw tourists back.

Koreans and Singaporeans have consistently ranked among the top 10 inbound tourists to Japan before the March 11 disasters, when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami, which knocked out the cooling systems of the Fukushima plant’s reactors.

Almost a year after the disasters hit, fears of a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant still linger in the minds of would-be tourists, making travel to Japan a less attractive option.

That’s a concern tourism authorities are trying to tackle.

Japan National Tourism Organisation marketing & promotion executive director Mamoru Kobori said: “We can demonstrate Japan is not that dangerous anymore except some areas.

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