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Are these claims about Japan’s health system true?

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 ...
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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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Are there more than 50,000 people in Japan over 100 years old?

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 ...
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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 department store in Tokyo crucify Santa Claus?

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 ...
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Is this a photo of the result of a kamikaze attack on a ship in WWII?

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 ...
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Is this tweet about classes one month after the Hiroshima bombing, and the 2011 tsunami accurate?

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

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 ...
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Did Japanese people misspell "We pray for MacArthur's election"?

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 ...
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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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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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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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Did a war memorial in Australia have a Japanese flag on the floor to trample?

This was noted by Masamune Wada, a Japanese politician belonging to the centre-right Your Party. A tweet about the photo, and mentioning Masamune Wada, can be seen here The Japanese language Wikipedia ...
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Do Japanese fishermen put sharks in their tanks to keep fish fresh?

The way most Japanese fishing companies actually do this is a process called Ikejime. There are a few different ways to do this but they are all basically the same cause brain death and/or paralysis ...
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Did Japanese people misspell "We pray for MacArthur's election"?

While the accepted answer shows that one poster did not misspell election, there were other such posters. Even the caption refers to "signs painted all over Tokyo boosting MacArthur". There was even ...
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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 Allied forces use chemical weapons in Okinawa during World War II?

According to Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb by George Feifer. Okinawans, including honorable civic leaders who weren't anti-American, [charged] that the poison gas [was] used on some ...
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Has first cancer case been directly confirmed to Fukushima cleanup?

No, at least according to the information presented in the source they reference, which just doesn't actually attempt to establish any correlation. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/...
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Is a giant wolffish the result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident?

Wolffish normally grow up to around 110 cm and the largest ever recorded wolfish was approximately 150 cm. Mutagenic studies of endpoints including body weight and length of fish suggest that chronic ...
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Did the United States' internment involve Japanese foreign nationals?

From National archives: Roosevelt's order affected 117,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were native-born citizens of the United States. The Issei were the first generation of ...
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Did Jews claim to be asians to Imperial Japan?

I have done much research into Jewish settlement in imperial Japan but I have never once seen the claim that Jews seriously proposed a link of pan-Asian brotherhood. It is true that some of the ...
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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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