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Three arrested after spate of ‘sushi terrorism’ in Japan

Following a series of videos about “sushi terrorist” posted online in Japan, three people were arrested.

Video clips showing customers pranking others in Japanese conveyor-belt sushi restaurants (known as kaitenzushi ) caused shares to plummet .

One video shows a man touching pieces of sushi intended for customers, while another shows him licking the top off a soy sauce container on a sushi train.

Others showed people adding wasabi to sushi made by customers and then licking a spoon from a green tea powder container.


According to the Kyodo news agency, three people belonging to the same diner group were arrested for allegedly obstruction of business.

According to the agency, these are the first arrests of customers suspected of engaging in “unhygienic or a form harassment” behavior.

Ryoga Yoshino (21), was arrested after he allegedly licked a communal bottle of soy sauce at a Kura Sushi restaurant located in Nagoya.

Police also arrested two minors, aged 19 and 15, who were allegedly involved in the 10-second online clip that captured the act. According to the Penal Code, it was obstruction of business.

The police stated that all suspects had admitted to their involvement.

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Behavior’shakes the foundations of relationships with customers

According to SoraNews24, Kura Sushi stated that it appreciated the quick response by the police.

It stated in a statement that “such inconsiderate actions… shake the foundations of our relationship of trust with our customers. We sincerely hope that the public will be able to see that such actions are crimes and that it will stop others from engaging in similar behavior.”

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Japanese outrage over ‘sushi terrorism’ sees shares plummet

Japan raises consent age from 13 to 16.

Kura Sushi stated that it will install cameras on conveyor belts in order to monitor diners.

The Sushiro chain made changes to its service rules last month. Customers were asked to take condiments and utensils to a server rather than placing them on separate tables.


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