A year after the tsunami in Japan, this week’s top travel news, deals, contests, and more. Watch Johnny on the Travel Channel this Friday at 11am ET!
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Konichiwa! A year ago this past week we were all glued to the TV watching the horrific images from the tsunami that hit northeastern Japan. The death toll from March 11, 2011 is 15,854, with 3,155 people still missing. Like many Americans I donated some money but I knew the best way to support the country was to go visit and that’s what I finally did on my recent Singapore Airlines around-the-world trip

I was only in Tokyo for 24 hours which is obviously not enough time but at least I was able to visit some friends and put to bed some of my own fears like staying in a high-rise hotel and being exposed to radiation. Hiroshi, my Japanese friend from college, put it best when he told me “no problem” and he was right. It turns out I’m not the only American to feel that way because according to an Oxford Economics report 51,706 Americans visited in January 2012, which is almost to the same level from the same month from last year. Japan is bouncing back and their cherry blossom season is just around the corner making it a great time to visit. Here are my stories from the short visit with links to helpful Japan resources to help you on yours. 
Travel Deals

Deals

This week’s deals include: 2,012 Bonus Miles with Delta, and a spring travel promotion from Choice Hotels International. Click here to check out all the latest deals.
Website of the Week

Website of the Week

Ever since United and Continental merged their computers the hold times at reservations have been horrific. Lucyphone.com is a great way around that. 
Hot Spots 2012 with Johnny Jet on the Travel Channel

Video of the Week

TravelChannel.com just posted clips from “Hot Spots 2012” which will re-air again this Friday at 11am ET.
Contests of the Week

Travel Contests

This week’s featured contests include the opportunity to win a trip to Ireland for St. Patty’s Day, a trip to Portugal, and more. 

Tweeter of the Week: Andrew Zimmern

Tweeter of the Week

If you like food and travel then you should be following @AndrewZimmern.
 
Travel News of the Week

Travel News

This week’s top news includes Trippy’s new visual experience, the United/Continental merger, Lufthansa’s new business class seats, and more. 
Product of the Week: NikWax

Product of the Week

For those real hardcore travelers, these new products from Nikwax should be of interest.
 
Travel STyle with Peter Greenberg

Travel Style

We have a new column that features a well-known road warrior to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations, and what they never leave home without.
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