Recently the Yomiuri News reported the following:
It had been understood that at least four flights of overseas airlines had changed the landing destination from New Tokyo International Airport to another airport due to the number one nuclear plant explosion in Fukushima.
There was a shipping company considering the discontinuation of the port call at the Kanto region, also the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport having regard that ｢Radiation dosage escaped is very slight outside the area surrounding the nuclear power plant, and there is the wish to know the correct information｣, information on radiation measurements in the area around the Narita airport, the Haneda Airport and the Tokyo port were published at the homepage in English of the same Ministry and other related organizations.
According to the Diplomatic Relation Ministry, after a small amount of dose of radiation was observed in the Kanto region such as Tokyo, the enquiry such as "The crew is not feeling safe, and is it safe?" was being raised by more than one foreign shipping company. On the 18th it was said that air mail in total in four flights of Alitalia Airlines in Italy, and Lufthansa Airlines in Germany had changed their landing destination from New Tokyo International Airport to the Kansai airport and Chubu International Airport.
There were also over reaction to the aircraft departed from Japan too. According to the Diplomatic Relation Ministry and All Nippon Airways, the cargo plane of All Nippon Airways that departed from New Tokyo International Airport on the 16th was pointed out by the officer in charge at the Tairen airport, the destination in China, that the radiation dosage of the load had exceeded the regulated amount of China, and the plane returned home without unloading the cargo. It was said that there was no answer though this company inquired about the regulated value of China and the dosage of radiation detected.
On the 18th, Transport Minister Ohata at the press conference after the Cabinet Council meeting said that "The whole government want to work hard in sending out the correct information".
The Japanese government is trying hard to disclose more information on radiation related matters. I think this is the first step in the right direction.