J.D. Semester Abroad: Travel Alerts

Last updated: February 2014

Current Japan Travel Alerts

The February 2014 American Citizen Services Newsletter from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo indicates that no travel warning or alert currently exists for Japan

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rubella (German Measles) Alert

On January 22, 2014, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) updated its Rubella (German Measles) alert for travelers going to Japan.

As of December 31, 2013, 14,357 rubella cases had been reported in Japan since the beginning of 2013, compared to 2,353 rubella cases reported in 2012. Numbers of rubella cases have been highest in Osaka and Tokyo Metropolis Prefectures. Most cases occurred in the spring and summer, which is the peak period for rubella in Japan. In 2013, 31 babies were born with birth defects because their mothers had rubella, compared to 5 babies in all of 2012.

CDC recommends that all travelers to Japan protect themselves from rubella by being up-to-date on their rubella vaccine. Pregnant women who are not protected against rubella either through vaccination or previous rubella infection should avoid traveling to Japan during this outbreak. This is especially important during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Japan Country Information Sheet Updated

The State Department recently updated the Japan Country Information sheet at Travel.State.gov. See the page below to read recent updates to the Special Circumstances section.

Radiation, Health and Food Safety Information Post-Fukushima (from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo)

More than two years after the accident, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is stable, but still severely damaged. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is working with Japanese government agencies to address leaks of contaminated water on the site. TEPCO provides regular technical updates in English of its efforts and radiation monitoring. To read additional information, visit the U.S. Embassy website below.

Security Reminder: Department of State Worldwide Caution

On February 19th, 2013, the Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.

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Japan Meteorological Agency will launch Emergency Warning System

On August 30, 2013, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) launched the Emergency Warning System. Emergency Warnings are issued to alert people to the significant likelihood of catastrophes in association with natural phenomena of extraordinary magnitude. Read more about the Emergency Warning System on the website below.