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Message concerning the earthquake and tsunami in the north-east of Japan

Monday, March 14, 2011

We have been receiving many messages from people around the world concerned about the situation here. Thank you for your kind thoughts for our safety.

The disaster took place in the north-east of Japan. It was truly catastrophic and heartbreaking.

Our region is further to the south and was unaffected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Everybody is OK here.

Our community, like the rest of the world, is praying for the victims of this disaster.

The Japanese are a very resilient people and the sympathy from countries around the world is amazing.

To come or not to come?

There are many visitors that are planning to visit Japan and the Kumano region that are now unsure of what to do.

We have been discussing this situation with co-workers and people in the community about this same philosophical question, and they all agreed that visiting Kumano now would not be taken as inconsiderate or disrespectful and they would like to welcome, kindheartedly, people to come. There are already more Japanese people visiting the sacred sites here to pray for the victims.

But the local people realize and understand the worries and concerns stemming from the images and information that are on media around the world. It is a tough decision for timing a trip to Japan.

Japan is big country and one of the negative side effects of this kind of disaster are the economic ripples in areas that were unaffected by the natural disaster, of course tourism being the hardest hit.

To help out the country, continuing with travel plans to unaffected areas might be one of the best ways to do it. The country will need a lot of financial support to rebuild. A part of everything that happens in the country financially here is taxed. It is this tax money that will contribute to help those in the north. So your visit will economically help Japan in the long run.

It is a difficult decision though, and of course it is up to each visitor to make. Waiting a while longer to see how the recovery proceeds, postponing the trip until a little later, or cancelling your trip may all be options.  This is up to you.  Whichever you choose we will support you as well as we can.

If you have any questions or concerns about your travel to the Kumano region, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thank you once again for all of the messages and warm regards,

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

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