A chartered flight from Taiwan arrived for the first time since March 11 at Fukushima Airport, carrying tourists who will spend their vacations in locations inside Fukushima Prefecture.
I don't understand why they do it; my best guess is that they just couldn't pass up great bargains to be had in Fukushima. It could be the bargain that they didn't even need to pay for the trip.
Asahi Shinbun (11/19/2011) reports:
The first chartered flight since the March 11 earthquake and Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident arrived in Fukushima Airport. Regular international flights to and from Fukushima Airport haven't resumed, due to the restrictions placed by foreign countries for the fear of radiation contamination. Fukushima Prefecture has been requesting the resumption of the international flights to the international airlines in foreign countries and regions, and November 19's flight is the first result of the effort. However, according to the tourism section of the Fukushima prefectural government, the next flight is not scheduled.
The air radiation level at Fukushima Airport, 60 kilometers away from the nuclear power plant, is low, between 0.1 and 0.2 microsievert/hour. As far as the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) knows, twelve countries and regions continue the travel restriction to Japan. Taiwan, from which the charter flight to Fukushima today was originated, recommends "evacuation from Fukushima Prefecture". The tourists came at their own risk.
Japan is looking toward China as the growth engine for international tourism, but China continues to maintain the recommendation not to visit the areas seriously affected by the disaster. The Japanese government has been working on the foreign counterparts to loosen the travel restrictions, but so far received "no favorable response", according to JNTO.
Since when 0.1 to 0.2 microsievert/hour became "low radiation" level? It used to be 0.03 to 0.06 microsievert/hour in Fukushima before the accident.
JNTO has a website specifically targeting Taiwanese tourists, and has been heavily promoting Tohoku region including Fukushima.