Disinfo: Japan is not fully sovereign


Japan is not fully sovereign because it is keeping the US troops on its territory.



Japan is a fully sovereign state recognised by the international community.

US military presence in Japan is regulated by the 1954 Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement.

The Constitution of Japan forbids the formation of traditional military force. Read more by the Council of Foreign Relations. 

The disinformation message appeared as the TV show participants discussed the annual video conference of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, and his response regarding the question of Kuril islands. Alleged lack of Japan's sovereignty is discussed as an obstacle to negotiations regarding the Kuril islands dispute.



  • Reported in: Issue 131
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Japan, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Sovereignty
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, time 00.47
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New law in Estonia: punishment for negative attitudes towards the state

Negative attitude towards the state will become a crime in Estonia.


Estonia does not punish for negative attitudes towards the state, instead the law mentioned in the news is about intelligence activities directed against the security of the Republic of Estonia.The necessary elements of the criminal offences of the establishment or maintenance of a relationship that is against the Republic of Estonia, and anti-state influencing of officials are also specified.

Further debunking by The Insider.

American soldiers tore Lithuanian flag into pieces

American troops stationed in the Baltic States tore Lithuanian flag away from the State Prosecutor’s building in Kaunas, and shredded it into pieces. The incident occurred in April 2018, but was kept away from the public.



No evidence provided that such incident ever took place.

USA troops have not been stationed in Lithuania since 2017, following the commencement of the deployment of the NATO eFP battalion. twitter.com/LT_MFA_Stratcom/status/1082255481761087489?s=19,