As of April 3, rescue and recovery efforts were still underway in the Tohoku region, which suffered the most in the wake of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports have reopened and public transportation in and around Tokyo has resumed, although periodic blackouts imposed for energy conservation has caused some disruptions and delays. In the metropolitan Tokyo area, some hotels and other businesses are operating under truncated business hours. The area also may be subject to aftershocks.
Aftershocks continue in the Tohoku region, making the restoration of public transportation difficult. Travel to this region and Fukushima, where a nuclear power plant has suffered damage, is not advised.
The western coast of Japan was largely unaffected. In Hokkaido, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu, tourism facilities and transportation services are operating as usual.
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