Here`s a non-comprehensive list of what occurs to me in terms of safety precautions, but of course you are responsible for your own safety. Check out the safety section of a trusted travel guide to Japan.

Potential Dangers on Trail: The official maps are marked with little exclamation points with inside yellow triangles. Some of these are because the trail is on a regular road, with car traffic. Others are because you can`t go through during high tide, or because an area is other construction. Do not ignore these warnings. Look at them and think about what they could mean in advance.
*If you feel like the trail is going somewhere that looks dangerous, or if you don`t feel comfortable walking somewhere, don`t do it!*

Tsunamis: The Michinoku Coastal Trail is on the coast, so this is also a high priority for safety. While on the trail, keep an eye out for signs showing you where to evacuate in case of a tsunami. If there is a strong earthquake, quickly and calmly move away from the sea to higher ground. *Do not* wait for orders to evacuate. Move inland.

Earthquakes: In the event of an earthquake, if you`re inside, stay calm and hide underneath a table away from heavy things that might fall on you. When the earthquake calms down, go outside. You are probably on the coast, so evacuate calmly to higher ground immediately.
If you`re outside, stay calm, cover your head, and stay away from things that could fall on you like electric lines.

Not Getting Lost: Take thee the official maps, and a compass, and a cell phone, and a cell phone charger. And look at the route before you go by checking out the PDFs, the online detailed map, and maybe comparing that with Google street view.
You may still get lost. I got lost so many times. The trail is still being developed, so some of the areas have less signage. Plan, plan, plan some more. What will you do if you get lost? When does the sun set? Are you betting on having no delays whatsoever? Don't do that. Give yourself more cushion time.

Not Having Awkward Encounters with Bears: Mister Tsukinowa bear does not want to meet you. It wants to live peacefully in the woods, nibbling on berries, far away from you and your ilk. In order to deter Mister Bear from accidentally running into you, wear a bell or a radio and hike in a group when possible.

Safety Precautions: I recommend printing out and carrying this disaster preparedness booklet and the emergency contact card at the bottom of this page. Also keep the phone number for AMDA International Medical Center on you, because they can consult with you about health issues.
The emergency numbers are 119 and 110. 119 is for injuries, sicknesses and fire. 110 is for the police. The people answering may not be able to answer you in English, but call anyway.

About Radiation: If the fact that many people live, work and play in Tohoku is not enough to alleviate your concerns, I recommend you talk to a representative of the Japan National Tourism Organization or go to a JNTO Tourist Information Office near you. Also check trusted travel sources like Lonely Planet. If you are still not comfortable coming here after checking with trustworthy sources of information, that's too bad. I hope you find another nice travel destination. 

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