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How would you translate "10 facts about Japan"?

I looked it up but there seem to be many translations for fact, and I'm not sure if I should use ないじつ, じこう or something else.

Thanks.

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Depending on the severity of what you are trying to convey, there are different options.

If it's very objective matter -- possibly a strong or stern tone like in a news report or something -- I think 事実 is probably best. This would best suit a scenario like:

10 facts about Japan

  1. The capital is Tokyo
  2. The literacy rate is over 95%
  3. ...

However, if it's something more casual -- for example, personal observations that you're writing in a blog -- you might want to use [豆知識]{まめ・ち・しき}. This translates more along the lines of "trivia", "fun facts", or "tidbits".

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"10 (hard/actual) facts about Japan" does not sound like a very likely title: "10 things you did not know about Japan", yes, "Ten little known facts about Japan", yes, but this (ie ""... "") is not easy to translate meaniningfully. –  Tim Feb 21 at 22:57
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@Tim: I did not mean to imply that "(hard/actual)" was part of the title; simply giving some characterization to the type of facts I was trying to convey. –  istrasci Feb 22 at 0:01
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10の事実(jijitsu) is the best, I think. And more colloquial expression is 10の事(koto). –  noel_lapin Feb 22 at 6:12

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