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10 Closest M Countries to Japan - One Minute Sprint

In one minute, which ten countries, starting with M, are closest to Japan?
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Last updated: April 26, 2019
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First submittedApril 26, 2019
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km
country
miles
1640
Mongolia
1019
1942
Micronesia
1206
1984
Malaysia
1233
2251
Myanmar
1399
3252
Marshall Islands
2020
km
country
miles
5635
Maldives
3502
8097
Mexico
5031
8278
Moldova
5144
8627
Mauritius
5361
8962
Madagascar
5569
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Level 75
Apr 27, 2019
Micronesia is not a country. It's a region made up of multiple sovereign states, one of which is the Federated States of Micronesia. Either way, it doesn't belong on your list.
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Level 75
Apr 28, 2019
FSM is also known simply as Micronesia. That answer ranks 5th highest guessed in this list of answers, so most people are familiar with that fact.
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Level 75
Apr 30, 2019
What people guess, how often they guess, and familiarity doesn't make it right. Micronesia is not a country. It's the same as people who refer to the Netherlands as Holland. If everyone guesses that Holland is a country, does that make it correct?
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Level 75
Apr 30, 2019
We are guided by UNGEGN, the United Nations body that maintains a list of long-form and short-form names for each country. This name list is not foisted upon each country, rather it reflects the names by which a country wishes to be known. The long- and short-form versions of Netherlands are Kingdom of the Netherlands (the) and Netherlands (the) (no "Holland" anywhere in sight). Other official long- and short-form names are United States of America (the) and United States (the); French Republic (the) and France; and Federated States of Micronesia (the) and, wait for it... Micronesia (Federated States of), which starts with M, which is good enough for us.
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Level 75
May 1, 2019
Wonderful research...kudos to you, but it still doesn't make Micronesia a country. Let's not go back and forth on this..maybe expand your clue description to include something along the lines of "short-form names accepted".