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Image Of Sword-Wielding ‘Japanese Ambassador’ In Samurai Armour Is Actually The Ukrainian Envoy To Japan 

Claim

The man seen in the image is the Japanese ambassador to Ukraine, who is holding his great-grandfather’s samurai sword which was delivered to him for Tokyo. He is ready to take on Russian forces.

Japanese Ambassador
Tweet by Visegrad 24

Fact

On conducting a reverse image search, Newschecker found an article published on ‘The Week’, which identified the man seen in the viral image as Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan Sergiy Korsunsky. 

Japanese Ambassador
Screenshot of The Week

According to the report, Ambassador Korsunsky tweeted this picture on Feb 15, 2022, in reference to the brewing tension between Russia and Ukraine. Korsunsky captioned the picture as “We know what we are fighting for. How about Russia?”

Issuing a clarification on the fake news, Korsunsky told American media house Fox News, “We know about this fake (news), but we lost patience explaining who is who”. As per Korsunsky, the armour seen in the picture was provided to him by samurai artist Tetsuro Shimaguchi.

Result: False Context/False

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Arjun Deodia
Arjun Deodia
An Electronics & Communication engineer by training, Arjun switched to journalism to follow his passion. After completing a diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the India Today Media Institute, he has been debunking mis/disinformation for over three years. His areas of interest are politics and social media. Before joining Newschecker, he was working with the India Today Fact Check team.
Arjun Deodia
Arjun Deodia
An Electronics & Communication engineer by training, Arjun switched to journalism to follow his passion. After completing a diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the India Today Media Institute, he has been debunking mis/disinformation for over three years. His areas of interest are politics and social media. Before joining Newschecker, he was working with the India Today Fact Check team.

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