Apparently, there was a “false-flag terror operation” that took place in Japan when sushi chefs laced extra amounts of the hot radish wasabe inside orders of sushi served to foreign-born patrons. The chain company issued an apology for what was claimed to be discrimination. My guess is the patrons liked extra amounts of wasabe with their sushi that diminished the taste of the sushi itself (the sushi industry is an esthetic art form), and so overreacting, the sushi chefs said to themselves, “Alright, you want wasabe, we’ll give you wasabe“, and laced the sushi with “copious amounts.” This false-flag horseradish attack has been called a “hate crime” and an “act of terrorism.” This story apparently made Japan’s national news headlines.
Source: The Nation
Japan sushi chain stung by ‘wasabi terrorism’ claims
October 3, 2016
Osaka-based Ichibazushi issued an apology on its website Sunday, owning up to the charges but denying discrimination was at play.
It insisted that the wasabi-laced sushi was a response to many foreign-born 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 as usual — 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 pickled ginger and wasabi, we gave them more without checking first,” the chain’s operator said.
“The result was unpleasant for some 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.