Japan is an earthquake and tsunami prone country. About 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes take place in Japan annually. It is estimated that, between 684 to 2011, close to 200 tsunami have struck the coastline of Japan.
The most recent catastrophe took place on 11 March 2011, A 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Northeastern coast of Japan (Tohoku), triggering a massive tsunami that cost widespread loss of lives and destruction of property.
Singaporeans who are living, working, studying in Japan or visiting the country for business or pleasure should be prepared at all times for a major natural disaster. The Embassy will do its utmost to assist our nationals during a crisis but we can only do so much. The onus is on you to look after yourself and your loved ones.
We no longer advise against non-essential travel to Japan but advise Singaporeans to refrain from travelling to Fukushima prefecture due to the ongoing situation in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
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There are several things you can do in advance to ensure that you are sufficiently prepared for any major crisis. Follow a simple check-list of 10 “To Do” items.
During a Crisis
Contact the Embassy by phone or email if you require emergency assistance, monitor the situation closely and follow the instructions of the Japanese authorities. [Read more]
In the event of a nuclear accident, Singaporeans are advised to remain indoors, shut all windows and doors, turn off air-conditioners, tune in to the Japanese local media for advice and instructions, and take heed of local health advisories. [Read more]