Question and Answers Policy

Dear Reader, Japan is a fascinating country with a rich culture and history that many people are eager to learn about. Asking questions is an excellent way to gain insights into this unique culture, but it’s essential to follow some rules to ensure that the exchange is respectful and constructive.

Concentration is key when it comes to asking and answering questions. That’s why we’ve developed a Question and Answers Policy to ensure that all questions and answers on our site are constructive and focused on topics related to Japan. Our community guidelines prioritize respect, inclusivity, and accuracy to create a safe and informative space for all readers to learn and share their knowledge.

To ensure that our community remains a welcoming and inclusive space, we’ve developed the following policies for submitting questions and answers.

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Question Guidelines:

1. Stay on topic

Questions must be related to Japan (culture, history, sports, economy, people, cuisine,…), as long as it is related to Japan, other questions outside the scope will automatically be excluded. This page is intended to provide information and foster discussion about Japan, so we ask that you keep your questions on topic.

This policy means that questions should be directly related to Japan and its culture, history, sports, economy, people, cuisine, or any other topic that is specific to Japan. If a question is not related to Japan, it will not be answered. This policy is intended to keep the focus of the Q&A section on Japan-related topics and to provide value to readers who are interested in learning more about Japan.

2. Respect others

The question should avoid hateful, offensive, racist, inciting violence, provocation, child pornography, or any other form of inappropriate content. We will not tolerate any form of hate speech or discrimination towards any group or individual. Please ensure that your question is respectful and appropriate for all ages.

This policy means that questions should be respectful and not promote hate, discrimination, or any form of violence or illegal activity. Additionally, questions should not be offensive or contain any form of child pornography. This policy is intended to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for readers to ask questions.

3. Be specific

Avoid questions that are vague and too broad to answer. Questions should be as specific as possible, preferably aimed directly at the issue that readers are interested in. This will help our moderators and editors to provide a more accurate and helpful response.

This policy means that questions should be clear and specific, so that they can be answered in a meaningful way. Questions that are too broad or vague may not be answered because they are difficult to answer accurately. It is recommended that readers focus on specific topics or issues they are interested in learning more about.

4. No personal attacks

Questions about personal life with the purpose of personal attack will be automatically excluded. Questions are encouraged when readers want to learn about the biography of a famous person, and information related to historical figures, or famous people with the spirit of research and learning.

This policy means that questions about personal life with the intention of attacking or harassing individuals will not be answered. However, questions about famous people or historical figures are encouraged, as long as they are asked with a spirit of research and learning, rather than personal attack.

5. Avoid conspiracy theories

Conspiracy or hypothetical questions must follow the rules above to avoid hurting the reader. While we welcome questions about current events and controversies, we ask that you refrain from spreading unfounded rumors or making baseless accusations.

This policy means that questions related to conspiracy or hypothetical scenarios must follow the above policies to ensure that they are respectful and not offensive to readers. It is recommended that readers avoid asking conspiracy or hypothetical questions that could potentially cause harm or discomfort to others.

6. No spam or solicitation

The question is not advertising, marketing, spammy, or solicitous. We will not allow any form of advertising or self-promotion on our Q&A page. If you have a product or service that you would like to promote, please contact us for advertising opportunities.

This policy means that questions should not be used for advertising, marketing, spam, or solicitation purposes. Questions should be focused on learning and providing value to readers who are interested in Japan-related topics.

7. Stay factual

Questions related to politics must be in the spirit of learning and reference. Questions in the political domain must follow current affairs, do not put political conspiracy theories, when asking questions on this topic, the questioner must cite an authenticated source of the news that readers want to ask.

This policy means that questions related to politics must be asked in the spirit of learning and reference. Political conspiracy theories are not allowed. When asking political questions, readers should cite an authenticated news source so that the editorial board can quickly reply to readers and avoid wasting time on self-authentication.

8. Cite sources

Questions about news, or recent events, similar to politics, the questioner needs to cite an authenticated news source so that the editorial board can quickly reply to readers, avoiding wasting time for self-authentication.

This policy means that questions about news or recent events should also include a cited source. This will help the editorial board to quickly respond to readers and provide accurate information without wasting time on self-authentication.

9. No repeat questions

Don’t ask the same question more than once, apply to all readers, try to research, or find out in advance at our website if the question has been asked. Before submitting your question, please check our Q&A page to see if a similar question has already been asked and answered. Duplicate questions will be removed.

This policy means that readers should not ask the same question more than once. It is recommended that readers do some research or search the website before submitting their question to avoid duplication. However, if a reader has a follow-up question or needs clarification on a previous answer, they may ask again, but it should be clearly stated that it is a follow-up question.


Our moderators will review each question submitted to the site to ensure that it meets our guidelines. If your question does not meet these guidelines, it will be excluded, and you will receive a message explaining why. Please note that we reserve the right to remove questions or comments that violate our guidelines, and repeat offenders may be banned from the community.

Here are the rules and procedures for moderating and responding to reader questions:

  1. All questions submitted will be reviewed by our editorial team to ensure they meet the guidelines outlined in our policy.
  2. Once a question is approved, our team will assign it to a writer who has expertise in the relevant topic.
  3. The writer will research the question and craft a response that provides accurate and informative information.
  4. Responses will be written in a clear and concise manner, with sources cited where appropriate.
  5. The response will be reviewed by our editorial team to ensure accuracy and clarity.
  6. Once approved, the response will be posted on our website for readers to view.
  7. Responses will typically be posted within 2 days of the question being submitted.
  8. If a question is not approved, the reader will be notified and provided with an explanation as to why it was rejected.
  9. If a question is not approved due to being too vague or broad, the reader will be encouraged to resubmit a more specific question.
  10. If a reader has asked a question that has already been answered, they will be directed to the relevant article on our website.
  11. If a reader has asked a question that is outside the scope of our policy, they will be notified and encouraged to submit a new question that is more in line with our guidelines.
  12. If a reader has asked a question that requires further research, our team may take additional time to provide a comprehensive and accurate response.
  13. Our team will always strive to provide readers with informative and helpful responses that meet the guidelines outlined in our policy.

We strive to provide accurate and helpful answers to every question submitted to our site. Our editorial team will do their best to respond to your question within two days, and the answer will be published on our site for all to see.

Editor’s Message

We hope that our detailed policy will help to create a welcoming and inclusive community where readers can learn about Japan and engage in respectful and constructive conversations. By submitting a question or answer to Ask About Japan, you agree to abide by our guidelines and understand that your submission may be edited or removed at any time if it is found to be in violation of our policies. If you have any questions or concerns about our policies, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to building a community of Japan enthusiasts who are eager to learn and grow together.

Thank you for being a part of our community dedicated to learning about Japan!