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Natural disasters

Japan's natural disasters raise questions about informing tourists

While emergency help guides in other languages exist, access must improve

People queue for a shuttle bus at Kansai International Airport on Sept. 5 after services were affected by Typhoon Jebi (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto).

TOKYO -- When a series of natural disasters caused widespread disruption in Japan in early September, large numbers of foreign visitors found themselves isolated and with limited access to information.

The extent of the confusion and damage has raised questions about the country's preparedness for emergencies in the lead-up to the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020, when floods of tourists are expected to visit.

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