Questions about the State of Japan; geographical location, political philosophies, historical significance, religious beliefs, ethnic diversity, and etc.

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Did a department store in Tokyo crucify Santa Claus?

There is a persistent urban legend that a Japanese department store got confused and crucified Santa Claus in a Christmas display. Today's BBC Magazine: Remembering our mongrel Christmases ...
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Did the United States' internment involve Japanese foreign nationals?

The mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, David Bowers, wrote in a statement President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it ...
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Did 800 children in Hong Kong protest against dolphin hunting in Taiji?

From https://twitter.com/planetepics/status/583618153789448192 (and others, accounts such as https://twitter.com/themindblowing/status/458477831149072384 , and the geographically challenged ...
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Is this a photo of the result of a kamikaze attack on a ship in WWII?

A Reddit user titled this photo "Kamikaze hit on HMS Sussex" and it currently has 5,532 points (96% upvoted). Here is a cropped version of that photo: Another user cites Wikipedia: On 26 July ...
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Has first cancer case been directly confirmed to Fukushima cleanup?

Slashdot reports First Cancer Case Confirmed From Fukushima Cleanup: Following on from reports of elevated levels of child cancer and 1,600 civilians deaths from the evacuation, this is the first ...
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Is a giant wolffish the result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident?

Is a large wolffish the result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident? Yahoo News in Is This Giant Mutant Wolffish A Result Of The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster? states that some, unnamed, people ...
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Did a man from a non-existent country, Taured, appear in a Japanese airport in 1954, and then disappear?

A number of different web-sites document this mysterious storey of an apparent traveller from an alternate history: It’s July 1954; a hot day. A man arrives at Tokyo airport in Japan. He’s of ...
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Do the Japanese believe that USSR dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

I have heard this claim a few times from some random people, and recently came across it in pravda.ru as well: from "Japan will never forgive USA" There is such a statistics: 25 per cent of young ...
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Is the creator of Hello Kitty a satanist? [closed]

I've read various article on-line stating that the creator of Hello Kitty is a satanist and that "Hello Kitty" actually means demon or Satan in Japanese or Chinese: ...
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Is this tweet about classes one month after the Hiroshima bombing, and the 2011 tsunami accurate?

https://twitter.com/TheKnowledge/status/593936133358276609 Japan. Top: One Month After Hiroshima, 1945. Bottom: One Month After The Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011. Incredible. Are the images ...
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Is dolphin hunting in Taiji unsustainable?

In the article "Dolphin hunt claim denied" (page 3 of mX Sydney, 25 March 2015), Australia for Dolphins chief executive Sarah Lucas refers to "the violent and unsustainable dolphin hunts in Taiji". ...
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Did Hiroshima change the layout of its streets subsequent to the war?

The following anecdote has gone viral, seen as a gaffe by someone ignorant of the atomic bombing of the city. From The morning catch-up: a Battlebus poll, a surprising secrecy advocate and a majestic ...
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Did a war memorial in Australia have a Japanese flag on the floor to trample?

From twitter: Australia's 'HATE' against JPN; War memorial hall in Sydney require visiters to trample down JP flag./ @mizubasyo シドニ "シドニ" is Japanese for "Sydney". Is this photo from a war ...
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Are there more than 50,000 people in Japan over 100 years old?

I recently read this article and although majority of the items are believable, #5 is really shocking. Is it true that there are more than 50,000 alive people in Japan already over 100?
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Are there criminal Lamborghini gangs in Japan?

According to this article on Elite Daily: There are all types of gangs in the world: biker gangs, street gangs; you name it. But what if we told you that there’s a Lamborghini gang in Japan? ...
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Are Japanese authorities cracking down on adult themed entertainment in preparation for the 2020 Olympics?

From a reddit post: Getting quite a few news about Tokyo cracking down on Lolis, hentai, hentai games, boob sizes, cosplay conventions and recently have their eyes set on an Imouto theme cafe... ...
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Did the Kinki Nippon Tourist Company change its name?

From http://www.takingontobacco.org/intro/funny.html, a list of marketing "lost in translation" incidents: Foreign companies have similar problems when they enter English speaking markets. ...
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Do Japanese fishermen put sharks in their tanks to keep fish fresh?

I saw the following story on Quora and when I Googled it, I got a lot of inspirational websites like Patheos.org that were hosting this same story without any citations. I would like to know if the ...
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Did Japanese people eat pickled fish eyes?

In the episode Outpost of the "Private Snafu" WWII propaganda series, Snafu encounters a can of pickled fish eyes with rice from the Imperial Japanese Navy. (Transcript, video link (Warning: content ...
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Are swastikas commonplace in Japan?

Comedian David Sedaris performed at the Sydney Opera House. During his performance, he gave an anecdote about being in a store in Japan. (Confirmation link, but I heard about this elsewhere) He was ...
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Do Japan's teachers need to bow to the Emperor?

A popular meme says the teachers in Japan don't have to bow in front of the Emperor and that's because without teachers there would be no emperor. Since my understanding of the whole bowing system in ...
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Was the take off of neural computing research in the 80's due to Japan? [closed]

Chow, Tommy WS, and John Sum. "Guest editorial: special issue on the emerging applications of neural networks." Neural Computing & Applications 20.7 (2011): 923-924. says: The take off of ...
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Must Japan's population pay for any accident caused by nuclear power plants sold abroad by Japanese companies?

This image is currently trending on social media: source The caption reads: 海外で日本の売った原発が事故を起こした場合、その費用はすべて日本国民の税金から支払う約束になっていりる If a nuclear power plant sold abroad by Japan causes an ...
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Is the Japanese emperor forbidden from eating fugu (puffer fish)?

According to Wikipedia Fugu is also the only food the Emperor of Japan is forbidden to eat, for his safety This information comes from a Forbes article "Killer Foods": The fish remains the ...
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Was Truman told that the first atom bomb was going to be used on a military target?

In his diary entry for July 25, 1945, US President Harry S. Truman wrote: This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10th. I have told the Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it ...
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Were “comfort women” well-paid?

"Comfort women" is a commonly used euphemism for sex slaves used by the Japanese army during World War II. Negationists argue that "Comfort women" were not sex slaves, and make the specific claim ...
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Is “Fukuppy” a mascot of the Fukushima nuclear accident?

Text: Hajimemashite! (Pleased to meet you) "Fukuppy" desu. (I'm Fukuppy) Is this the mascot of the Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear accident? (Example tweet) #Fukushima #FukNuke #FUBAR now officially ...
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Did Taro Aso say that Japan should emulate the Nazis in amending the constitution?

Abbott's challenge in Asia says that Abe's Deputy Prime Minister, Taro Aso, suggested a few weeks ago that Japan should learn from the example of Nazi Germany in implementing a constitutional ...
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Did production of “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” involve a dramatically high rate of animal deaths?

A rumor has circulated on the internet for quite some time that there were many animal cruelty violations in the process of making the movie, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, including the deaths of ...
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Were the Japanese suing for peace prior to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

In the United States, it is a widely-held belief that an invasion of the Japanese main islands would have been necessary were it not for the use of atomic bombs (putting aside the question of whether ...
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Is Japanese technological innovation less ground-breaking than Western technological innovation? [closed]

It is often claimed that Japanese are mostly doing incremental innovation as opposed to disruptive innovation. http://www.economist.com/debate/overview/199 ...
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Why can't Japan have a navy? [closed]

According to: wiki.answers.com Under the rules of occupation in 1945, Japan was ordered to comply with US/Allied restrictions: War is illegal for Japan to engage in; other than self defense. ...
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Does eel help relieve symptoms of summer fatigue?

In Japan, a traditional summer illness is natsubate, summer fatigue, and the traditional way of relieving symptoms is to eat eel for "stamina". Is there any science behind this tradition?
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Compared to Japanese people, do Koreans have narrow eyes?

In the article, "In polite Japan, vulgarities rise as hate speech spreads", it brings up anti-Korean sentiment in Japan. A Japanese person who was a member of a protest organized by Zaitokukai ...
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Is Islam banned in Japan?

I noticed some people posting and reposting bold statements online that Japan is (the only) country that banned Islam. I searched a bit and found out that there are some mosques and muslim societies ...
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Did Jews claim to be asians to Imperial Japan?

I came across the following anecdote from the Jewish Stack Exchange: http://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/5940/jewish-community-in-china-around-ww2/5942 During the questions portion of the ...
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Does Japan export food that is unsafe to eat in Japan?

This claim states that some of the foodstuff that leaves Japan is deemed unsafe there because of the radioactivity levels, and is exported to places with more lax restrictions, like the United States. ...
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Was sexually transmitted disease rampant amongst troops occupying Japan?

In the English language Wikipedia article on the Recreation and Amusement Association, an organization for prostitution to Allied troops occupying Japan after World War II, it's claimed that sexually ...
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Did Studio Ghibli send a katana to Disney that said “no cuts?”

A famous story that has made the rounds in the anime circles is this: While Disney/Miramax were in talks to dub and release Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke in the states, it was suggested that a ...
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For the same size, is real estate cheaper in Australia than Japan?

From an upvoted comment: Size of an apartment isn't very good measure of how rich some is. Let's say a house that would make you filthy rich in Tokyo might be considered tiny rathole in ...
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Did Allied forces use chemical weapons in Okinawa during World War II?

A Japanese friend of mine claimed that Allied forces used poisonous gas during the Battle of Okinawa. I asked for a link to such a claim, and got a link to this section of the Japanese language ...
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Did Japanese people misspell “We pray for MacArthur's election”?

The Internet is full of references to the same story: It was probably in 1946, when Gen. Douglas MacArthur was temporarily put in charge of running Japan, which was in tough shape after ...
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Was homosexuality an integral part of samurai life?

The Beautiful Way of The Samurai: Toshiro Mifune, the popular actor famed for his characterizations of quick-witted, taciturn samurai, never uttered a word about it. Akira Kurosawa, the well-known ...
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Glut of dolphin meat in Japan going into pet food?

Is there any truth behind the claim that Japan doesn't need all the dolphin meat it gets and the excess is being passed off to the pet food industry because there is little demand for the meat or they ...
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Do Japanese people have a lower body temperature than caucasians?

I heard from a Japanese person that Japanese people have a lower body temperature than caucasians. Is this the case? Examples from the internet of people discussing claims that Japanese people, or ...
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Were members of the yakuza amongst the Fukushima 50?

Tomohiko Suzuki, author of the book The Yakuza and the Nuclear Industry, claims that several members of the Fukushima 50, workers who stayed behind to work on the Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear reactor ...
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Curing common cold with warm green onion around the neck (Japanese remedy)

In Japan it is sometimes said that to cure common cold a remedy is to wear a warm green onion (Allii Fistulosi), around the neck. This practice is not as popular as before, but still many other ...
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Were modern Japan customs for Valentine's Day and White Day instigated by retailers?

In Japan, women give chocolates to men on Valentine's Day, and men give gifts to women on White Day, which falls on March 14. There are various claims that Valentine's Day and White Day customs are ...
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Can a ninja star (hira shuriken) used as a thrown weapon kill?

In many movies, especially from the 80's when Ninjas were involved they would use their ninja stars as a deadly weapon. An example clip is here. Is this realistic? Can a ninja star penetrate and be ...
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Are Katanas made of steel folded 1000 times?

A Katana needs to be made of steel folded 1000 times, according to eHow: Pound the tamahagane into two separate blades. These need to be heated, pounded by hand, and folded 1,000 times each to ...