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Did Obama apologize for the USA using nuclear weapons on Japan?

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 ...
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Did WWII Japanese soldiers engage in cannibalism of their enemies?

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, ...
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Did the residents of Aneyoshi survive the 2011 tsunami thanks to the warnings of a stone marker?

It's kind of right. According to other sources the Aneyoshi monument is not a common "tsunami hazard" sign. Instead, it prohibits building homes below the marked point, and, apparently, ...
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Were there Black people in Japan in 1600?

Yes, according to Historical Context of Black Studies in Japan: Confucian scholar Nishikawa Joken, for example, published Kai tsusho ko (1695), in which he wrote that the Zimbabweans were caribals. ...
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Is the Japanese government encouraging the young to consume more alcohol?

Yes, here is a decent article about it: Why Japan is asking its young people to drink more The country’s National Tax Agency (NTA) has introduced content named ‘Sake Viva’ where it has invited ideas ...
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Do Japanese police roll drunks and criminals into giant futons?

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 ...
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Did a man from a non-existent country, Taured, appear in a Japanese airport in 1954, and then disappear?

This mystery was resolved by a Brazilian YouTuber, Natanael Antonioli, in July 2019. Further missing pieces were added by a Fortean researcher in March 2020 (article forthcoming, in Fortean Times ...
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Do Japanese crows use traffic to crack nutshells?

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 ...
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Have two out of only 27 Muslim refugees in Japan been arrested for sexual assault?

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 ...
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Are more than 40% of millenials in Japan virgins?

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 ...
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Did just 18 people die from prostate cancer in Japan in 1958?

No! 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" ...
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Did a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament prize card sell for $2 million USD?

No Japanese source for this This is a one-of-a-kind card and there is no information in Japanese about its sale or current ownership. At one point a Yahoo Auctions listing was created with a $10 ...
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Are there only 1,200-1,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India and Japan, as of March 30, 2020?

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 ...
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Did Obama apologize for the USA using nuclear weapons on Japan?

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 ...
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Do Japan's teachers need to bow to the Emperor?

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 ...
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Do ~25% of Japanese people believe that USSR dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Firstly, the article cited in the OP itself clearly says that the 25% is not true: Not 25 per cent For true information, quoting Culture Shock and Japanese-American Relations: Historical Essays by ...
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Do Macaque monkeys steal money from wallets and use it to buy food from vending machines?

The claim is plausible. Let's break it down into several components: Q: Are monkeys capable of stealing wallets or learning to use vending machines? A: Certainly. There is ample video evidence of ...
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Did US forces use tens of thousands of Japanese women as sex slaves after the WWII?

Did the US forces use tens of thousands of Japanese women? Yes. The New York Times article Fearing G.I. Occupiers, Japan Urgesd Women Into Brothels indicates the number of Japanese women involved were ...
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Did a lack of Muslims in Japan help prevent a 2002 AQ terrorist attack?

This is indeed based on a report provided by the US government to Japanese press and published in Japan on 14 February 2004. According to that day's Sankei Shinbun (no longer publicly available online)...
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Is the Japanese emperor forbidden from eating fugu (puffer fish)?

Formerly the emperors had to stay in their palace in Kyoto and did not have the chance to visit Shimonoseki, where most fugu is prepared. More concretely, fugu was illegal in Kyoto and Tokyo from ...
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Is Islam banned in Japan?

No, Islam is not banned in Japan. The wikipedia entry about Islam in Japan says: The history of Islam in Japan is relatively brief in relation to the religion's longstanding presence in other nearby ...
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Were modern Japan customs for Valentine's Day and White Day instigated by retailers?

Isabel Anderson, wife of US ambassador to Japan (December 1912-March 1913) Larz Anderson, wrote in her book The Spell of Japan: On St. Valentine's day I took some presents out to Watanabe's house, ...
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Did Japanese people misspell "We pray for MacArthur's election"?

My uncle Bernard Frew joined MacArthur in Australia; he served as his secretary, landed holding the arm of the Philippian President, stood in the group behind the General on the Missouri, then changed ...
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Did a department store in Tokyo crucify Santa Claus?

Snopes, linked in the OP and the accepted answer, says: the earliest reports of this legend we’ve found so far all stem from the early 1990s. However, the 1986 The sun at noon: an anatomy of ...
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Was Japan required to open its semiconductor patents to the US in a 1989 "deal"?

In 1989 Japan granted Texas Instruments a patent for the first semiconductor integrated circuit according this New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/24/business/japan-grip-still-...
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Do cellphones pose any harm to pacemaker users?

Yes, in some cases. The risk seems to depend on the cell phone and pacemaker involved. Apparently there's no conflict in some cases, while there can be in other cases. The American Heart ...
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Did Tomoaki Hamatsu live entirely on contest winnings?

NPR investigated this and found that he was given bread until he actually won food. (Nasubi's testimony) The staff got together and would give me basically a very simple little bread each day, so ...
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Was there a time when the RSL banned Japanese cars from their carparks?

There was, particularly amongst veterans who had been captured and imprisoned in harsh POW camps, a great deal of animosity which lasted decades after the war. An 1949 article in the former Melbourne ...
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