False: A nurse who tested positive for the new coronavirus is at the source of a massive hospital-associated infection (HAI) outbreak

According to Chinese mini-blog Weibo, which quoted a report by Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi around the end of April, 120 people were infected in two days in a large-scale hospital-associated infection (HAI) outbreak in Osaka due to a nurse who tested positive for covid-19 and who was forced to continue to work at her hospital. …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

False: “Tokyo’s hospitals overwhelmed with bed utilization at 91% on May 11” though the numbers actually ended being under 50%

NHK reported on May 11 that hospitals in Tokyo were still overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients with hospital utilization rate at 91%. Reuters and other news agencies ran the same story based on the same announcement by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW).  …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

Fabrication: Facebook post “Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe staged his visit to survivors of a typhoon”

A photo of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting a shelter in an area struck by Typhoon Hagibis (No.19 in Japan) on October 10th, 2019 was doctored to mislead viewers into believing that Abe shot this photo in a studio. The fabricated photo spread widely on Facebook around mid-March 2020. …Read More