Sushi chain stung by ‘wasabi ter­ror­ism’ claims

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A JA­PANESE sushi chain is being ac­cused of “wasabi ter­ror­ism” af­ter it ad­mit­ted to heap­ing ex­cess dol­lops of the pun­gent root into for­eign cus­tomers’ food.

Osaka-based Ichibazushi is­sued an apol­ogy on its web­site on Oc­to­ber 2, own­ing up to the charges but deny­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion was at play.

It in­sisted that the wasabi-laced sushi was a re­sponse to many for­eign patrons or­der­ing ex­tra por­tions of the fiery green paste used a condi­ment for the raw fish dish.

The chain did, how­ever, ac­knowl­edge that some of its chefs had slipped co­pi­ous amounts of wasabi – re­port­edly some­times twice as much – into un­sus­pect­ing cus­tomers’ food.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many in­ci­dents there had been.

“Be­cause many of our over­seas cus­tomers fre­quently or­der ex­tra amounts of ev­ery­thing, pick­led ginger and wasabi, we gave them more with­out check­ing first,” the chain’s op­er­a­tor said.

“The re­sult was un­pleas­ant for some for­eign guests who aren’t fans of wasabi.”

The story was picked up by na­tional me­dia which pointed to com­ments on­line com­plain­ing of so-called “wasabi ter­ror­ism” and racism.

“That is no apol­ogy; it’s an ex­cuse. What they did was a hate crime,” @ sakeuchi317 wrote on Twit­ter. –

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