People fleeing the increasingly dangerous situation in Fukushima, have started to arrive in Tokyo.
Despite increases in radiation in the capital the Japanese government has yet to issue a warning for people to stay indoors.
Foreigners are also on the move:
“We are told to wear gloves and cover the face with wet towels and keep the body covered. People know they have to make sacrifices. The Japanese are very confident they have confidence in their country, they are super positive,” said a Frenchman en route from Fukushima to Tokyo.
Still, Haneda airport saw thousands of mainly women and couples with children queue up calmly to buy tickets to other parts of the country or overseas.
A Japanese mother said:
“Well we decided to leave before Tokyo becomes chaotic, we feel that it’s better to get away now.”
At Narita Airport, the country’s biggest international hub, people are preparing to take their leave:
“Everyone is leaving the country today, I think. A tsunami is not a problem if you are in the middle of the country. But with radiation you cannot escape and you cannot see it,” added an Argentinian about to board a flight.
Several countries have issued travel warnings in the wake of Friday’s catastrophe.