News On Japan

Brand Crab Mislabeling Scandal

KYOTO, May 10 (News On Japan) - A scandal involving the mislabeling of the brand crab "Maizuru Crab" was uncovered last month in a small port town in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture, a deception has been carried out systematically for many years.

Shocking statements have also emerged from a man who was coerced into participating in the crime. Additionally, legitimate fishermen express their anger over the deceit that tarnished their industry.

Furthermore, we also covered the current situation of "Kumamoto Clams," whose reputation suffered greatly due to past mislabeling incidents. Interviews reveal the struggles and frustrations of honest fishermen over the past two years, who have suffered because of the actions of a few unscrupulous traders. Efforts are now underway to revive the tarnished brand.

Regaining lost trust is not easy. The future of the "Maizuru Brand" hangs in the balance: will it disappear, or can it be restored? We closely follow the realities of origin mislabeling and the potential end of the brand.

Source: YOMIURI

News On Japan
POPULAR NEWS

The long-standing seniority-based system in Japanese companies is being phased out. Many have considered it natural to rise with age, but there have been times when people desired recognition based on ability. With this deeply ingrained system now under review, will the decision by a major bank change Japan's corporate culture?

In a significant ruling regarding the estate of businessman 'Kishu Don Juan,' the court declared on Friday the will, which states that his 1.3 billion yen estate be donated entirely to the city, to be valid. Relatives had contested the will's validity, but the court dismissed their claims.

A controversy has erupted over the sale of high-priced premium seats at the Gion Festival. Yasaka Shrine's chief priest has expressed concern over the decision to sell premium seats for 150,000 yen each, stating, "This is not a show."

The Tokyo gubernatorial election was officially announced on June 20th, with a record 56 candidates running. However, the allocated poster spaces only accommodate 48 candidates, leaving some without a place to display their posters. As a workaround, clear file folders are being used, causing confusion at polling sites.

A rare 63-leaf clover, cultivated in the garden of Takaharu Watanabe in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture, has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records this month.

NEWS ON JAPAN SOCIALS
         

MORE Food NEWS

Fish consumption in Japan has hit a record low, with annual per capita intake dropping from about 40 kilograms in 2001 to roughly 22 kilograms in 2022. This decline is particularly notable among seniors, who are increasingly opting for meat over fish.

In a city known for its fish and meat dishes, it can be hard to find vegan-friendly and plant-based spots in Tokyo. But, worry not! We got you covered. In this episode, Shizuka explores some of the best vegan restaurants and plant-based options to test out in Tokyo! (Japan by Food)

This neighborhood Soba noodle shop is cherished by it’s Ginza locals for its warm-hearted atmosphere and known for their freshly handmade soba noodles served until 2 am in the evening alongside an array of elegant Japanese style dishes using selected ingredients in addition to a variety of drinks. (Paolo fromTOKYO)

Join Stephanie as she explores Tokyo and the tech that makes dining out easy and fun in the metropolis, even if you don't speak Japanese! (Japan by Food)

A rice shortage is affecting several areas in Japan, extending beyond just a poor harvest to a uniquely Japanese situation. The price of rice has increased by 2,000 yen per 50kg, which could drive away customers.

The umeboshi industry is in crisis! The cause is the amendment of the Food Sanitation Law following the 2012 food poisoning incident. Facility renovations required by the law have led some farmers to cease umeboshi sales, citing unprofitability. In response, young people in Wakayama Prefecture have taken action.

Welcome to Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai! Join Shizuka on a tour of the new shopping facility that opened just this year, blending traditional and modern Japan and offering possibly every food that you might want to try during your Japan visit, all at one location in Tokyo. (Japan by Food)

Japan Street Food tour of Japanese Food Carts called Yatai in Hakata Fukuoka. This must travel Japan food destination, known for its rich traditional flavors, hearty dishes, inspired by its deep street food culture, is truly a dynamic cuisine all of its own. (Paolo fromTOKYO)