FACT CHECK: Is the Japanese authorities disposing of all microwave ovens? – Indian instances
A long, viral WhatsApp message states that the Japanese government has decided to dispose of all “microwave ovens” in the country before the end of 2019 and that citizens and organizations who are not obliged to be put behind bars will be thrown behind bars.
The message said the reason for banning “microwave ovens” was based on research by researchers at Hiroshima University who discovered that “microwaves” were more damaging to public health for over 20 years. The alleged research found that microwaves were more harmful than atomic bombs that the US used in September 1945.
The message also claims that all of the largest microwave oven manufacturers in Japan have already been shut down.
Here is the message Times Fact Check received from an avid reader on his WhatsApp number.
Japan does not prohibit microwave ovens. There is no truth in this claim.
REVIEW AND METHODOLOGY
Using relevant keywords on Google, we came across a fact-checking report dated May 3, 2019 from the Snopes website. They broke that back then, saying the rumor arose after a Russian satirical website published an article stating that Japan will ditch microwave ovens by 2020.
According to the Snopes Fact-Check report, on March 3, 2019, the Russian website Panorama.pub published an article entitled “Japan will finally give up microwave ovens by 2020” or “Japan will finally give up microwave ovens by 2020.”
Panorama.pub is now a satirical publication. A disclaimer at the end of the article states, “All of the text on this website is grotesque parodies of reality and not real news.”
The first paragraph of the article, translated through Google, reads: “The Japanese government has decided to dispose of all microwave ovens in the country before the end of this year. All citizens and organizations that do not meet this requirement face prison sentences of between 5 and 15 years, depending on the severity of the crime. ”
These lines from the satirical article are in line with the false claim made in the viral WhatsApp message.
The translation of the second paragraph of the satirical post reads: “The reason for the banning of microwaves in the land of the rising sun was research by scientists at Hiroshima University who found that a microwave oven with radioactive waves was used for over 20 years was the health of the Citizens more harmed than an atomic bomb attack on American planes in August 1945. ”
Again, this corresponds to the logic in the viral WhatsApp message.
Times Fact Check found that Japan’s claim to ban microwave ovens by 2019 is false.