Japan hit by record earthquake

Japan's key C&I destinations have been largely unaffected by today's 9.0-magnitude earthquake, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

Japan hit by record earthquake
Japan hit by record earthquake
The earthquake took place late afternoon (local time), triggering a tsunami causing extensive damage to the north-eastern coastline, JNTO said. It is the strongest ever to hit Japan.  

JNTO MICE manager Chad Shiver said: "The earthquake mainly affected the lightly populated area of Honshu in the north-east of Japan, far away from the major meeting centres," he told C&IT. "In Tokyo, there is relatively little damage. The biggest disruption is the increased traffic as the subway has been shut down for safety checks."  

Coastal damage

 
Japan’s Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were hit by waves more than four metres high, damaging dozens of coastal communities.   

Travellers have been advised to avoid travel to the northern pacific coast, as tsunami warnings have been issued from Hokkaido to Tokushima following aftershocks.  

Bullet trains remain out of operation across most of the country.

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