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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 

Panic on the streets of Wapping.

The current Foreign Office advice for Britons in Japan is that those outside the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant are not in any imminent danger, and that "there is currently no real human health issue that people should be concerned about". However, partially down to caution in case the situation suddenly does get worse and also most likely due to the recent criticism the government's faced for not getting Brits out of Libya quick enough, the FCO is also now saying that British nationals should consider, consider being the key word, leaving both Tokyo and the area to the north of Tokyo as an extra precaution.

How then is the nation's biggest selling newspaper currently interpreting this advice on its website? Silly question really:

From the sort of newspaper that still likes to believe in the old stereotypes and myths of the British stiff upper lip, spirit of the Blitz and the tendency to keep calm and carry on, as only a daily scandal sheet owned by an Australian-American can, it does strike one as ever so slightly alarmist.

P.S. Sorry for the piss-poor blogging so far this week. Will try to make up for it over the next couple of days.

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