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Sweden issues Japan travel warning

TT/The Local/pvs · 13 Mar 2011, 15:21

Published: 13 Mar 2011 15:21 GMT+01:00

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The foreign ministry issued a statement on its web page on Sunday which warned against "non-essential travel to the stricken areas (prefectures) Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki".

According to the latest available information no Swedes were killed or injured in the disaster which Japan's Pacific coast.

"We have managed to make contact with all the Swedes in the affected areas as we know it themselves or through relatives," Tobias Nilsson at the ministry's press office, although he stressed that information remained preliminary.

The Swedish embassy in Tokyo continues to work the available contacts to obtain information about the situation in the disaster areas, and staff there are also trying to find out if there are problems with, for example, supplies and water and the measures undertaken by the Japanese authorities.

As a result of the ongoing problems at Japanese nuclear power plants in the disaster area, Sweden's Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten - SSM) will keep its switchboard open until 6pm on Sunday to answer questions from the general public.

The authority urged anyone who may currently be located in the area to follow the advice of the Japanese authorities.

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Ulf Melin, Swedish residents Nishiazabu in central Tokyo, says that authorities are now urging residents in the capital to save on electricity. The house in which he lives is still being rocked by aftershocks. Japan is a country that is partly in shock, but he said that the atmosphere remained difficult to accurately explain.

"It's an incredibly difficult question. We have concentrated on how we and my colleagues are doing. Fortunately, no one injured, but we also try to support those who have relatives who are affected," he said.

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Your comments about this article

17:34 March 13, 2011 by Roy E
How unfortunate the the Local's headlines on this disaster are not about the huge blow Japanese people have suffered and what aid might be on the way to assist them.

Instead the focus is on 'getting out'.

I'll give the Swedish people the benefit of the doubt on this one, and ascribe this self absorbed attitude to the Local's staff and not to Swedes in general.
17:46 March 13, 2011 by HeilNizar
This issuing guy is busy lately!
19:03 March 13, 2011 by Gabin
Most of my swedish friends are in a state of shock like us...

maybe they are more discret.

Look at Kikujiro 's Summer to feel our pain.
19:22 March 13, 2011 by Byggare Bob
To be fair Roy - The Local is "Sweden's News in English" and thus the deliberately Swedish angle on a Japanese tragedy has probably more to do with this mission statement than any "self-absorption" on the part of TL's staff.

For broader coverage of the Japanese quake and aftermath it is perhaps best to check out an international source of news.
02:53 March 14, 2011 by wishUlistenup
Thanks for the "warning" to not travel to a place where several nuclear reactors are about to blow up!

Are we going to spend 10 million Kronor and invite 2000 homeless Japanese people now?
07:25 March 14, 2011 by Rishonim
@wishUlistenup I would welcome 2000 or 50000 homeless Japanese anytime. They are hardworking and would be unlikely they would retort to violence if someone depict Hello kitty as a busty prostitute.
07:55 March 14, 2011 by zeero
Easy way to say "Sorry we can't send any help"
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