March 16, 2011 / 11:22 AM / 8 years ago

Japan Red Cross says Tokyo safe for travel-IFRC

* No immediate sign of nuclear radiation danger

* Japan may need cash support for tsunami relief

GENEVA, March 16 (Reuters) - The Japanese Red Cross says Tokyo is safe for international travellers, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Wednesday.

Senior IFRC official Matthias Schmale also told a news briefing that Japan was not asking for a massive international aid operation to help cope with its tsunami disaster, but would probably need financial support.

“The Japanese Red Cross is telling us that Tokyo is safe, as far as nuclear radiation is concerned, and that foreigners can come in to travel,” Schmale said.

He told the briefing the situation was changing all the time, but that the Geneva-based IFRC which links to Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the globe had implicit trust in the Japanese society and its information.

Schmale spoke as Japan’s nuclear crisis following last week’s offshore earthquake and devastating tsunami appeared to be worsening after another fire in a nuclear power plant hit by the twin disasters. [‘ID:nL3E7EF450]

A number of foreign governments have advised caution on their citizens travelling to Japan, while France said the Japanese government was losing control of the nuclear crisis and sent extra flights to Tokyo to bring its citizens home. [ID:nLDE72FODP] (Editing by Jon Hemming)

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