17 Mar '11, 10am

Foreigners flee Japan as warnings mount

Foreigners flee Japan as warnings mount

The US State Department chartered flights for Americans wishing to flee and authorised its embassy staff and their families to leave the country, after US nuclear regulators questioned safety measures taken by the Japanese. With experts offering contradictory opinions on how serious the situation is at the Fukushima atomic plant 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, one French businessman with operations in Japan said his company was "struggling to find a consensus". He said if the company evacuated foreign staff, it would also have to offer passage to worried locals. "There is a huge perception gap between the Japanese in Tokyo and the group's management in France," the man told AFP on condition of anonymity. "This is not a company accustomed to working in countries at risk, so we do not know how to cope with such a situation. There is not even a crisis-managemen...

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