With no end in sight to radiation leak concerns, those who can are getting out of Japan. Thousands of foreigners leading the exodus from Tokyo’s Narita international airport and in turn causing travel chaos.
Many of those leaving say the risks are too great to ignore: “There are just so many different news sources, all the articles are saying different things, on TV they’re saying different things, so it’s just a fear of not knowing if we’re going to be safe,” said American artist, Alex Thomas.
For others the change or lack of information is a terrible reminder of previous disasters.
“It seems to us Russians that the accident at Fukushima is quite similar to what happened,” said Russian lawyer Natalia Kurihara
In response to the rush, many airlines have had to pull in extra, larger aircraft to cope with demand. Some countries, such as Taiwan and South Korea, have even begun screening passengers and crew for signs of radiation.