Japan Fact-checks: The importance of fact-checking

(Issued on JULY 24, 2020)

Welcome to FIJ’s English FactChecks Report vol.10. This is a weekly report that comes in three parts consisting of Notable Case, Fact-checks at a glance, and Announcements & News. We’re taking a break from this week’s Notable Case. Thank you for your understanding.

Fact-checks at a glance

We picked up the following fact-checks relating to Japan from overseas media.

  1.  Alt news FactCheck | India (July 18, 2020)

False: An Indian man hailed as a “drone scientist” claimed to have built 600 drones

Explanation: Indian scientist Prathap was reported by several media outlets to have built 600 drones at the age of 22. However, one of the drones in the photo was made by ACSL, a company based in Japan. When a Reddit user contacted the company’s COO, Satoshi Washiya, he does not know Prathap and responded that the drone in the image was ACSL’s PF-1 and was manufactured in-house. Read the full article here (English).

Check out the IFCN’s #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance database of 5,000+ fact-checks from more than 70 countries on the novel coronavirus. Other themes of factcheck can be found on each organization’s website.

Announcements & News

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Hope you stay well,

FIJ English team.