The gist of it is true
Health Care System in Japan
"100% of Japanese people have their healthcare regardless of income"
This is partially true. All are mandated to have coverage, but that coverage is not 100%, and not all have the mandated coverage.
The health care system in Japan provides healthcare services, including screening examinations, ...
He laid a wreath, mourned the dead, spoke about a moral duty to prevent the horrors of war, but didn't apologise, didn't separate the nuclear attacks from the other horrors of war, and didn't express any view on whether the use of nuclear weapons at that moment in history was right or wrong.
From the BBC:
Mr Obama said the memory of 6 August 1945 ...
I'd like to note that this answer contains mentions of particular instances of cannibalism, and while no unnecessary details have been included, it may still be upsetting to some people.
Yes, undoubtedly so.
Stories of cannibalism by Japanese troops has been presented by both Japanese soldiers and prisoners they captured.
Various members of the Indian ...
According to the US State Department's evaluation of Japan in its 2012 International Religious Freedom Report:
The [Japanese] constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion.
The government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the ...
According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, yes. As of September 15, 2013, they reported that there were 54,397 persons over the age of 100.
Though they have previously had issues with their records, recording as alive persons that had actually died years before, such as the case of Sogen Kato, who was on their records as being alive ...
Yes. However, he neglected to mention one detail during his performance.
Swastikas are a common symbol in Buddhism. Buddhism and Shinto are the two most common religions in Japan (with people often practicing both).
More likely than not, the swastika in question was not representing Nazism, the ideology of one of Imperial Japan's allies in World War II.
Yes, they do in fact do this! It is called a "protection sheet" 保護シート and it is a thin sheet made from plastic, not a futon.
Here is a video of a violent drunk being rolled up, and another of a drunk who was wrapped in a sheet but released from it. (He is saying "I can walk" in a very slurred way).
One of Japan's tabloids reports that a famous boy band ...
The 卍 ( "ban" ) character is common at many temples, and predates Nazism by many centuries. Also note the mirror image and the rotation compared to 卐, the swastika used by the German Nazi party.
Japan makes no particular associations between the character and the Third Reich - it appears on many street maps, tourist guides and the like.
It's carved in ...
The Japanese were not "suing for peace" prior to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Does Denson's article portray the situation in May-Jul 1945 accurately?
No, Dulles' contacts had limited support and did not represent the Japanese government...
In early 1945 Japanese navy circles in Berlin tried to begin peace
negotiations with the United ...
Snopes calls this legend false, and I will add to their judgment that Santa and Christmas were already well-known in Japan due to foreign literature like Dickens, and the persistent and futile efforts of missionaries to convert the locals. Christmas was a national holiday from 1927-1947 since it happened to coincide with the death of Emperor Taisho in 1926. ...
According to Pacific Wrecks, a non-profit organization devoted to sharing information about the Pacific Theater of World War II and the Korean War, it does. The image description reads as:
HMS Sussex hull impact by kamikaze Ki-51 Sonia
And, is credited to:
Credit: Royal Navy Date: July 26, 1945. B&W
Pacific Wrecks says it owns the copyright of ...
I doubt there is any scientifically valid information on this, you have to believe the tales or not. There are quite a lot of people that tell those tales however.
The Wikipedia Article on Harvey Weinstein, who received the sword, mentions it too.
When Weinstein was charged with handling the US release of Princess Mononoke, he received a samurai sword in ...
TLDR : Yes, it was common enough and mostly openly acknowledged.
For example, there is a pretty famous book the 男色大鑑 Nanshoku Okagami, from the 15th century, (the great mirror of male love) from the very famous poet Ihara Saikaku that spoke about homosexual stories between samurais (and kabuki actors and others).
From wikipedia's article on Homosexuality ...
Here is a letter, dated the day before the diary entry, which describes Hiroshima as 'an "Army" city':
John Stone to General Arnold, July 24, 1945. Subject File, Atomic Bomb Collection:
(1) Hiroshima (population 350,000) is an "Army" city; a major POE; has large QM and supply depots; has considerable industry and several small shipyards.
Here are the ...
The first image can be seen at the Hiroshima Peace Media Center, in an article titled "Hiroshima: 70 Years After the A-bombing: Students study in open-air classrooms in “A-bomb desert”".
If you click on the first image, you get the following caption:
An open-air classroom at Noboricho National School. A female teacher
stands in front of the students. ...
It is unclear and may depend on how you define chemical weapons.
Battle of Okinawa, 1945
The weapons used include
chemical smoke mortar rounds
white phosphorus grenades
An hour later another infantry assault was attempted, supported by 105-mm. artillery, light tank fire, antitank guns, heavy machine guns, 60-mm. and 81-mm. mortars, 4.2-inch ...
This behavior has been well documented in Japanese crows, but Cristol et al (the contradicting paper in the question) did not observe it in American crows.
This Ph.D. dissertation discusses the findings of Cristol, as well as another paper by Nihei which documented the behavior in Japanese crows.
While [Cristol et al.] are careful to note that they ...
From the Tokyo reporter article, the two arrested have not been granted refugee status, but are in the process of applying for it:
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two Turkish nationals currently applying for refugee status for allegedly raping a woman in Kita Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 22).
The suspects ...
The statements referred to include:
g) Japan is the only country in the world having negligible number of
embassies of Islamic countries.
According to Wikipedia, Japan has embassies in many Muslim countries, including Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and many more.
I'm not sure what is meant by "Islamic" countries, but ...
No, it's the wrong Fukushima. The mascot is for Fukushima Industries Corporation, founded by Nobuo Fukushima in Osaka, where it is still headquartered. The name of the company has nothing to do with the prefecture affected by the nuclear accident. Its business is fridges, not nuclear reactors.
The mascot does not belong to TEPCO.
Japanese Constitution, despite recent attempts to change that, still contains Article 9, renouncing war:
ARTICLE 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on
justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a
sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means
of settling international ...
Other sources such as Vegan Bite By Bite (page 210) make clear that the number "18" is the number of autopsy proven deaths from prostate cancer, not the total number.
The source of the "18" number is An Epidemiological Survey of Prostatic Cancer from the Annual of the Pathological Autopsy Cases in Japan The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine ...
CNN is misreporting.
The statistics are for the fraction of NEVER MARRIED people who are virgins.
Specifically, the study is The Fifteenth Japanese National Fertility Survey.
The data are in:
Table I-3: Proportion of never-married persons who have never had sexual experience,
by survey and age
More specifically, never-married ...
Essentially the opposite of the claim is true.
According to Japan: Between Myth and Reality by Khoon Choy Lee, Singapore ambassador to Japan, writing of his experience as a teacher in Japanese occupied Malaysia at page 19:
My contact with Emperor Hirohito was more of a spiritual one. Every morning, students and teachers had to bow to the East, towards ...
If not, did he do something that might be reasonably interpreted as apologizing?
From Obama’s origami cranes he left behind touches many hearts, the brother of Sadako Sasaki, who died of leukemia most likely caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, interpreted Obama's hand-crafted origami cranes given to the Hiroshima Peace Museum as an apology.
Yes but be careful
You're looking at 'confirmed cases' - this isn't a good comparitive measure of actual cases as each country has their own approach to testing. Japan and India have been noted for their limited testing.
This site gives a useful graphic showing testing by country - what you're looking for really is the gradient there - once you flatten the ...
2018 update: Please see the other two answers for evidence that the photo attached below is of the sign being repainted. Newspaper sources don't directly attest to this, but there was widespread censorship at the time.
Although it has been spread far and wide that this occurred, and some even date it to Ginza in 1948, this is the actual sign that appeared ...
So far, it seems to just be an internet story that's been passed along by word of mouth. There are no newspaper articles referencing it (outside of "Weird News" articles who are just passing on the internet story). It's referenced in a few books, but never with any additional information on the source of the story.
TL;DR: There is a basis of fact in claims that sex existed in the geisha world. However, it is not always the case.
Geishas are trained in a variety of art forms ("Geisha" literally means "Artist") that prostitutes would not be trained in. So in that sense, geishas are not prostitutes.
But is sex a part of their work?
Wikipedia is a tertiary source, often ...
The story is plausible for two reasons:
1) Most enlisted military personnel at a time of war up to the 1950's were young sexually-active males. This has long been the case and applies to the military of many countries, not just the USA.
2) In some cities in Japan, prostitution was legalised and the prostitutes had rates of STD infection of up to 95%.