A long, viral WhatsApp message claims that the Japanese government has decided to dispose of all ‘microwave ovens’ in the country before the end of 2019 and citizens and organizations not obliging would be thrown behind bars.
The message says that the reason for a ban on ‘microwaves ovens’ is based on a research by scientists from the University of Hiroshima, where they discovered that ‘microwaves’ cause greater harm to the health of citizens over 20 years. The purported research found microwaves to be more harmful than nuclear bombs USA deployed in September 1945.
The message further claims that all the largest manufacturers of microwave ovens in Japan have already been closed.
Here’s the message as received by Times Fact Check on its WhatsApp number from an avid reader.
The Japanese government decided to dispose of all ” microwave ovens” in the country before end of 2019 and all citizens and organizations that do not meet the requirement, are threatened with prison terms.
The reason for the ban on “microwave ovens” is research by scientists from Unviersity of Hiroshima, where they discovered that “Microwaves” cause greater harm to the health of citizens over 20 years, especially when using microwave ovens and is more harmful than Nuclear bombing weapons of America in September1945.
According to experts, food heated in a microwave oven has very unhealthy vibrations and radiation.
Indeed, all the largest manufacturers of “microwave ovens” in Japan were closed.
Japan is not banning microwave ovens. There is no truth in this claim.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
Using relevant keywords on Google, we came across a report dated May 3, 2019 from fact-checking website Snopes. They had busted this back then saying that rumour originated after a Russian satirical website published an article saying Japan is going to dispose off microwave ovens by 2020.
As per the Snopes fact-check report, on March 3 2019, the Russian website Panorama.pub published an article entitled “Япония окончательно откажется от СВЧпечей к 2020 году” or “Japan finally abandons microwave ovens by 2020.”
Now Panorama.pub is a satire publication. A disclaimer at the bottom of the article states that “All texts on this web site are grotesque parodies of reality and are not real news.
The first paragraph of the article, translated via Google, reads “The Japanese government decided to dispose of all microwave ovens in the country before the end of this year. All citizens and organizations that do not fulfill the requirement are threatened with prison sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years, depending on the severity of the crime.”
These lines from the satirical article match the false claim made in the viral WhatsApp message.
The translation of the satire post’s second paragraph reads, “The reason for the ban on microwaves in the Land of the Rising Sun was the research of scientists from the University of Hiroshima, who found that over 20 years of using a microwave oven with radioactive waves did more harm to the health of citizens than a nuclear bombing of American aircraft in August 1945.”
Times Facr Check has found that the claims of Japan banning microwave ovens by 201 to be false.―Times of India