A Video of spectacular synchronized fireworks is being shared on social media claiming that Japan displayed the fireworks prepared for 2020 Olympic games near Mount Fuji in Japan. 2020 Summer Olympics, also famously called ‘TOKYO 2020’ was scheduled to start on ‘24 July 2020’ in Japan. Because of COVID-19, this event got postponed to 2021. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Japan displayed the fireworks prepared for 2020 Summer Olympics ‘TOKYO 2020’ near Mount Fuji.
Fact: Video shows the simulated version of fireworks created by a YouTube channel user ‘hiramu55bocaboca’. He created this photo in ‘FWsim’ fireworks simulator website and posted on his YouTube channel in 2015. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
On reverse image search of screenshots in the video, Similar visuals were found in the video posted by a Youtube channel named ‘hiramu55bocaboca’on ‘1 December 2015’. It is posted on Youtube with the title ‘FWsim Mount Fuji synchronized fireworks show2’. ‘FWsim’ is an online platform, where one can create a simulated version of fireworks. A glimpse of this fireworks video was also found in ‘gfycat’ website with the same title. Few social media users shared this video on Facebook crediting it to ‘hiramu55bocaboca’. They can be seen here and here.
‘TOKYO 2020’ was scheduled to start on ‘24 July 2020’ in Japan. Because of the COVID-19, this event got postponed to 2021. On ‘24 July 2020’, to mark the day the 2020 Olympics should have begun, synchronized fireworks were displayed at major cities in Japan. Article and video related to this event can be seen here and here.
To sum it up, an unrelated simulated version of synchronized fireworks is falsely shared as the display of fireworks prepared for ‘TOKYO 2020’.
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