Did a billboard in Japan read "Stop War, Stop Zelenskyy"? No, that's not true: Those statements were added to an electronic billboard on a Japanese street in a video. The actual advertisement on the sign had nothing to do with the Russian war on Ukraine. Japan's government released a statement in support of Ukraine in June 2023, and there is no evidence that there was an anti-Ukraine electronic billboard in Japan in July 2023.
🇯🇵📢Japan, advertising banner on the building: "Stop Zelensky! Stop war!" Even Japan starts to wake up
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The video is a 12-second clip taken by someone walking on a Japanese city street lit up with various signs and ads. The camera pans over to the ads on the right side of a crosswalk. An electronic billboard can be seen that appears to flash the two phrases, "Stop Zelenskyy!" and "Stop War!" The post does not give any indication of the exact location.
A reverse image search of a still from this video shows that this was shot in Shibuya City, a section of Tokyo that receives a lot of traffic (example of search here). This video is from a much longer YouTube video titled, "
There is no evidence that this billboard, or any billboard in Japan, has shown an anti-Ukrainian message, according to a search of Google News.
The government of Japan released a statement titled "Japan Stands With Ukraine" on June 23, 2023. That statement of support, with details on Japanese sanctions against Russia, is here.
Other Lead Stories fact checks on the war in Ukraine are here.