Misleading: Finance Minister Taro Aso’s: Japan’s “fewer deaths than the West are due to the difference in the social standards”

Minister of Finance Taro Aso told parliament on June 4 that Japan has fewer COVID-19 deaths than other countries because Japanese people have higher moral standards and had obeyed the government’s more lenient requests for self-restraint despite there being no penalties. …Read More

Misleading: The novel coronavirus has an aversion for high temperatures, high humidity and ultraviolet rays

Professor Harue Okada of Hakuo University said on TV Asahi’s popular TV program  “Morning Show,” on May 19, 2010 that the new coronavirus is sensitive to high temperatures, high humidity and UV light, so it will come under control in the summer. However this claim is  misleading. …Read More

Fabrication: Nobel laureate Dr. Honjo says “this virus is Chinese-made”

Fabricated information claiming that Distinguished Professor of Kyoto University and awardee of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Tasuku Honjo has purportedly said that the novel coronavirus was artificially created in a Chinese laboratory has spread widely in India and in other parts of the world. …Read More

False: the Japanese state of emergency declaration “gives governors the power to implement mandatory lockdowns”

U.S. broadcaster CBS reported on April 4th that “Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would need to declare a national emergency to give the governors of Japan’s 47 prefectures the power to implement mandatory lockdowns, if deemed necessary.” However this claim is false. …Read More

Fact Check: Hong Kong media reported “many passengers who left the Diamond Princess were prevented from boarding the flights because of Japan’s mistake”. Is it true?

Chinese media were reporting that Hong Kong passengers heading for Haneda to return home in a charter flight included passengers who had close contacts with infected people. They, furthermore, say Japan was at fault for this. If true, this can not be left unheeded. …Read More