Matt Alt, an expat in Japan, says the "contrast between the local and foreign coverage of the crisis has been eye-opening":

The measured, deliberate tone of Japanese news reports and government press conferences has been a lifeline for millions of Tokyo residents both native and foreign. Japan has its fair share of tabloid publications and conspiracy theorists. So why hasn’t the Japanese media sensationalized the situation anywhere nearly as much as the Western media outlets? Undoubtedly because the stakes are so high. It’s easy to play up the downsides when you’re sitting pretty in a television studio an ocean away from the reactors; not so much when you’re sitting a couple of hundred kilometers downwind.