As you know, Japan experienced major Earthquake and Tsunami on 11th March. I can not thank you enough for immediate foreign assistance to Japan.
On 22th March, I got an item via registered air mail from UK which I bought on eBay just 2 days before the disaster. It took just 12 days from North Britain to my home in Tokyo Japan, not so different from usual. These days in Tokyo, we have shortage of petrol and rolling blackouts for a few hours a day. But still Japan Post keep delivering as usual.
I am told that some of eBay members in Japan have been refused their transaction for difficulty in delivery. It is no wonder that the sellers try to avoid taking any risk in shipping. I can not say “No problem! Japan is OK!” for now. Just would like you to know limited northern area in Japan’s main island got seriously affected and still remain in serious state but most other areas are OK. Each of us who did not suffer any direct damage from the earthquakes is getting more or less impact. But we should go about our daily life and keep our economic or production activities for rehabilitation. Please continue selling your items to us and buying our items on eBay and other marketplaces.
Here is the latest news from JAPAN POST about international postal service. Hope this helps you.
March 21, 2011
Airlines’ schedules, arrival and departure airports and shipping schedules have had to be changed due to the impact of the earthquake that occurred in the Pacific Ocean off the Tohoku region coast on March 11. For this reason, delivery of some of international postal items will take longer than usual.
The areas experiencing difficulty delivering postal items are as given in the annex(PDF33kByte). Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Your kind understanding of our situation would be very much appreciated.
1. Postal items addressed to overseas destinations
Transportation and delivery of postal items may take longer than usual.
2. Postal items from abroad
We cannot deliver some postal items to addresses along the Pacific Ocean coast or to the neighboring inland areas of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba Prefectures or to some of the areas(PDF33kByte) where people have been instructed to evacuate or take shelter following the difficulty continuing at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which have resulted in traffic restrictions, no-entry areas, damage to our branch offices, and other adverse conditions.
We are making every possible effort to ensure delivery of postal items to addressees, including checking at the evacuation centers to find the addressees because we consider that the postal network is one of the most important communication methods available. However, we would like to ask you to understand that certain items for which the addressees cannot be located in spite of all our efforts will have to be returned to the senders.
We have already informed postal operators in other countries/territories of this information.
JAPAN POST International Mail News
Delivery delay of international postal items caused by the Pacific Ocean earthquake off the Tohoku region coast (27 March, 18:00)