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

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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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Was Japan required to open its semiconductor patents to the US in a 1989 “deal”?

In a question on politics.SE the following snippet from a South China Morning Post article was quoted: This was followed by a second five-year semiconductor deal in 1991, in which Japan agreed to ...
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Do cellphones pose any harm to pacemaker users?

In Japan it is very common to see signs on trains that encourage/require you to turn off your phone on trains, or just near the priority seating areas. The thinking goes that the signals somehow ...
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Did Tomoaki Hamatsu live entirely on contest winnings?

Tomoaki Hamatsu is a Japanese comedian known for trying to live for over a year on mail-in contest winnings on the show Susunu! Denpa Shonen. Wikipedia says that he set a world record for living on ...
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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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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 a lack of Muslims in Japan help prevent a 2002 AQ terrorist attack?

https://twitter.com/rjrasva/status/700683354996211712 Lack of Muslims in Japan prevented al Qaeda attack on 2002 World Cup Sun, February 15, 2004 http://zeenews.india.com/home/lack-of-muslims-in-...
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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 accident, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 http://www.asiancenturyinstitute.com/...
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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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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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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 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. Japan'...
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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 https://...
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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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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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Does forest therapy (Shinrin-yoku) improve the immune system?

According to shinrin-yoku.org, forests help to improve the immune system, including the part that fights cancer: But in the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that are ...
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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: http://www.kittyhell.com/2010/08/...
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Are some burgers in Japan made from human excrement? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Has a meat substitute from human feces been developed in Japan? Please look at this video. Is there any evidence that this is real or fake?