Both 真実 and 事実 means; fact,truth. So in Kanji Lesson I asked my teacher if there is any differences between them, he said yes but there was no time to explain.

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    If your dictionary translates 真実 as “fact,” I am afraid that your dictionary is wrong. Feb 15, 2013 at 12:23
  • Definitions for 真実 and 事実 (Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary)
    – user1478
    Feb 15, 2013 at 15:13

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Just use the kanji to break it down.

事実 →  = thing; = true. So it's a "true thing", "something that is true"; a fact as opposed to a false statement. Exs.

  • 空は青いです → The sky is blue; this is a fact
  • 太陽は東から昇り西に没する → The sun rises in the east and sets in the west; this is also a fact
  • 事実無根 → (a) groundless (fact)

真実 →  = true, real; = true, truth. So this is truth as an abstract concept, as opposed to a lie.

  • 真実を言え! → Tell the truth
  • 彼の言うことの真実性を疑う → I doubt the truth in what he says.

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