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Claim that Japanese people don’t buy goods made in the U.S. is False

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A post has been shared by a Facebook page claiming that Japan citizens do not buy anything that’s made in the U.S. as they were bombed by the U.S in 1945. The post has been shared by a few people and some also commented on the post saying that the claim made in the post is false. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: As the U.S. bombed Japan in 1945, Japanese citizens do not buy even a needle from the U.S. today. This is called real patriotism and unity.

Fact:  Japan was the fourth largest export market for the U.S. in 2017. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When searched for ‘US-Japan Trade’ on Google, a link to the Office of U.S. Trade Representative webpage can be found in the search results. According to information provided on the webpage, the amount of trade between the countries was around US$ 280 billion in 2017. Japan imports from the U.S. were around US$ 114 billion worth of goods and services (Goods – US$ 68 billion and Services – US$ 46 billion). Some of the goods imported by Japan from the U.S. in 2017 were machinery, optical and medical instruments, aircraft, mineral fuels, and electrical machinery.

Finally, Japanese people buy goods made in the U.S. In 2017, Japan was the fourth largest export market for the U.S.

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