FO amends travel advice for Tokyo
The Government has said it is no longer advising Britons against non-essential travel to Tokyo as the radiation risk from Japan's stricken power plant decreases.
Government advice against travelling to regions north east of Tokyo which were worst hit by the tsunami continues though.
In a statement the Foreign Office said: "The Foreign Office has today revised its travel advice for Japan. We no longer advise against non-essential travel to Tokyo.
"However, we continue to advise against all non-essential travel to those areas north east of Tokyo most directly affected by the earthquake and the tsunami."
The decision to update the advice was taken after a meeting chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague yesterday.
Sir John Beddington, the Government's chief scientific adviser, briefed the Foreign Secretary on the latest assessment by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) on the situation at the Fukushima power plant.
The risks of radioactive material being released are gradually decreasing as the reactors cool and as facilities to stabilise them are established.
The nuclear power plant was damaged in explosions that ripped through the buildings in the days following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Sage has advised there is no serious radiation risk to residents in Tokyo as a result of any further deterioration at the plant.
The Japanese authorities are continuing to provide regular updates on developments on the stricken power plant, including action to stabilise the reactor units and to minimise the release of radioactive material into the local environment.