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April Fools … kinda

1 Apr

I’m not very interested in April Fools jokes … so, rather than writing a post that isn’t true in the hopes of fooling you – – I decided to write three facts about Japan that are true and one that is untrue.

Which one do you think is untrue?

And, of course, please leave a comment on this post.


(edited: 2013 April 4)

Twenty people have taken the poll, and most, by a slim margin, answered correctly.

As of today,
– Nine people (45%) answered “‘Sushi‘ means ‘raw fish‘ in English.”,
– Eight people (40%) answered “Japanese police officers carry firearms (guns).”,
– Three people (15%) answered “In Japanese, ‘America’ can written as 「米国」, which literally means ‘Rice Country‘.”,  and
– Zero people (0%) answered “In Japan, cars are driven in the left lane of the roads.”

Since the quiz called for finding the one false statement, the nine people who answered that “Sushi‘ means ‘raw fish‘ in English.” gave the correct answer.
Contrary to popular belief in western countries, sushi is not raw fish. Sashimi is raw fish.
The main ingredient of sushi is vinegared rice. Sushi often includes raw fish (sashimi), but not always.

The other three statements are all true.

* Japanese police are armed. They have a police issue handgun holstered on their belt.
* 「米」 is the Japanese character for “rice“. 「国」 is the character for “country“. And 「米国」 means “America“.
* In Japan, cars drive in the left lane of roads.