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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, ...


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No. 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 ...


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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 ...


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No. The assembled facts are all fairly inflammatory, and include a few common misconceptions. Reactor #4 contains 1,535 spent fuel rods which remain highly radioactive. These fuel rods currently hold the potential to emit 37 million curies of radiation. Firstly, definitions: Reactor 4 was shut down for maintenance(PDF, p35) when the earthquake ...


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No. 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 ...


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According to SamuraiSwords.com, there are two folding steps, in first traverse and longitudinal folding is repeated: The difference between these two folding procedures lies on that the small hammer is used to fold in transverse folding while the big hammer is used in longitudinal folding. Generally, about 12-15 folings are repeated. In second (...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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No. 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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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As Snopes says, this is a legend with no photographic evidence behind it, and no specific place or year when it was seen. It is almost certainly false, and I agree with their logic: ... the mixing of Christian crucifixion iconography and Santa Claus is an unlikely pairing, even to non-Christians. Nativity scenes, not crucifixes, are the religious displays ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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It is unclear and may depend on how you define chemical weapons. Battle of Okinawa, 1945 The weapons used include flame-throwers 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-...


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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.


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There may be a difference, depending on whether you are talking about internal or skin temperatures. This study compared 9 Japanese men to the results of a similar study done in Ohio with Caucasian men: Thermoregulatory responses to heat and exercise in Japanese and Caucasians K. Ohara, N. Okuda and S. Takaba, International Journal of Biometeorology, ...


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Legal status 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 ...


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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 ...


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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. Sasaki’...


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No. 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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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The question has been recently clarified to be whether shuriken could kill, rather than whether they were historically used to kill. This issue was looked at in a German study that was looking for evidence on whether to support a ban on modern variants. Kettner M, Gade G, Ramsthaler F, Shah S, Pape A, Theisen A, Schmidt P., Experimental studies on the ...


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