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Japan planning crackdown on food-fakers worldwide
The London Free Press ^ | Sat, November 4, 2006

Posted on 11/05/2006 5:32:31 AM PST by A. Pole

TOKYO -- Are the chefs slicing the raw tuna correctly? Is the rice sticky enough?

Tokyo is launching a crackdown on restaurants abroad that bill themselves as authentic Japanese, but fall short of Japanese culinary standards.

A panel of food experts was appointed Thursday to discuss a certification system that would presumably certify restaurants that serve dishes served in the true Japanese tradition.

The system would promote "authentic Japanese culinary culture" abroad, according to the Agriculture Ministry.

"There are many restaurants overseas that call themselves Japanese, yet use culinary techniques and ingredients far removed from those of authentic Japanese food," said a ministry statement.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fish; food; regulations; sushi
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1 posted on 11/05/2006 5:32:32 AM PST by A. Pole
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To: A. Pole

Warning: Keep the food authentic or inspector Midori and her assistants will crack down!

2 posted on 11/05/2006 5:40:30 AM PST by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: A. Pole

Oh, good! Food police. Like we didn't have enough food neurotics of our own.


3 posted on 11/05/2006 5:40:50 AM PST by D.P.Roberts
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To: A. Pole
"There are many restaurants overseas that call themselves Japanese, yet use culinary techniques and ingredients far removed from those of authentic Japanese food," said a ministry statement.

He is SOOOO right.

4 posted on 11/05/2006 5:45:32 AM PST by Alia
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To: A. Pole
Can you say, "Benihana"?
5 posted on 11/05/2006 5:48:57 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Enterprise

Will Inspector Midori please come and wrap my sushi for me?


6 posted on 11/05/2006 5:49:13 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Let's all be Magnificent Bastards. Turn out those Republican votes!)
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To: D.P.Roberts; Willie Green; Wolfie; ex-snook; Jhoffa_; FITZ; arete; FreedomPoster; Red Jones; ...
Oh, good! Food police. Like we didn't have enough food neurotics of our own.

It will be voluntary. Japanese government has not power to regulate food in other countries. So you will have choice between certified sushi and not certified. Same way as nobody forces you to buy kosher food certified by Orthodox rabbis.

It will be in perfect harmony with the Free Market!

7 posted on 11/05/2006 5:49:15 AM PST by A. Pole (Rudyard Kipling: "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet")
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To: A. Pole
2 - 6 oz. Kobe fillets - $139.99!
8 posted on 11/05/2006 5:49:37 AM PST by Nomorjer Kinov (If the opposite of "pro" is "con" , what is the opposite of progress?)
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To: Alia

Yeah, like going to a teppanyaki restaurant and meeting your knife-and-shaker wielding chef, Joe from Akron.


9 posted on 11/05/2006 5:49:41 AM PST by elcid1970
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To: A. Pole
I'll let them tell me how to cook my authentic Japanese cuisine when they promise to eliminate every Elvis Presley impersonator they have!
10 posted on 11/05/2006 5:51:56 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If a pug barks and no one is around to hear it... they hold a grudge for a long time!)
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To: TXnMA
Can you say, "Benihana"?

I know a guy who's half Jewish and half Japanese...Benihana is where he was circumcised...

11 posted on 11/05/2006 5:53:05 AM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: elcid1970
lol. :)

If he's been properly trained; shouldn't be a problem. When I first arrived in NC, went to a Chinese restaurant. It wasn't authentic. It did a clever thing, however, of including cilantro in its dishes in order to appeal to the large Hispanic demographic in the area.

12 posted on 11/05/2006 5:54:15 AM PST by Alia
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To: A. Pole
Oh, crap! Whose next, the French?

Sacre Bleu! Your cheeses jus don steenk enough!
13 posted on 11/05/2006 5:54:38 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Alia
"...in order to appeal to the large illegal alien Hispanic demographic in the area.
14 posted on 11/05/2006 5:56:35 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: A. Pole
In Japan, Japanese chefs can undergo quite a bit of training, and I don't believe that any of that training is currently available outside of Japan, or taught in any language other than Japanese.

I do know someone with a license to teach Japanese cooking (separate from just the chef's training). It takes a long time to earn that, and the teachers that teach the teachers are very thorough.

15 posted on 11/05/2006 5:58:26 AM PST by snowsislander
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To: A. Pole
Is the rice sticky enough?

This is actually a constant problem. If the rice is not sticky enough the whole assembly falls apart. You cannot eat it elegantly. If the Japanese government can fix this problem of second rate Sushi chefs, it will be a great advancement for society. Go for it.

16 posted on 11/05/2006 5:58:34 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

Be careful of your wishes, a common sushi is maki, sliced ...


17 posted on 11/05/2006 6:02:56 AM PST by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: dhuffman@awod.com

She'll have to check her sword at the door. My bedroom . . . errr, kitchen is a Weapons Free Zone.


18 posted on 11/05/2006 6:05:22 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Let's all be Magnificent Bastards. Turn out those Republican votes!)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

Inspector Midori sends her regrets that she cannot respond at this time. She requests that you honor her by accepting instructions from her able assistant Yuki.

19 posted on 11/05/2006 6:08:58 AM PST by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Alia

Cilantro may be authentic in some Chinese cuisine. I first discovered it in the wonderful dishes a young Taiwanese woman cooked for me, whom she wanted to marry. Didn't work. I hope life turned out well for her.

Confucius say,

"Woman who think way to man's heart through his stomach, have sights set too high."


20 posted on 11/05/2006 6:10:13 AM PST by elcid1970
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To: elcid1970
I suppose it depends upon which province of China. "Authentic" Chinese food can mean just about anything.

"Woman who think way to man's heart through his stomach, have sights set too high."

snort, lol!

21 posted on 11/05/2006 6:11:46 AM PST by Alia
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To: snowsislander

I never eat Blowfish cooked by an east Tennessee Japaneese cook.


22 posted on 11/05/2006 6:12:03 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Rozerem gives me nightmares)
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To: bert

"east Tennessee Japaneese cook"!

Audio doesn't match the video footage.

Karaoke from hell.

Samurai murmuring "Mama Baby:!


23 posted on 11/05/2006 6:23:43 AM PST by CBart95
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To: Enterprise
Inspector Midori sends her regrets that she cannot respond at this time. She requests that you honor her by accepting instructions from her able assistant Yuki.

Kewel! I'm confident that Miss Yuki will prove adept at expanding my, uhhh, cooking skills.

24 posted on 11/05/2006 6:30:26 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Let's all be Magnificent Bastards. Turn out those Republican votes!)
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To: A. Pole
uh oh, these guys better watch out:
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25 posted on 11/05/2006 6:31:15 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: TXnMA

that's the restaurant started by Benjamin Hannah from New Jersey, right?


26 posted on 11/05/2006 6:35:57 AM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: Enterprise

the kanji/kana in this picture are wrong - hold a mirror facing the screen to read what it *really* says!


27 posted on 11/05/2006 6:40:55 AM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: bert
I never eat Blowfish cooked by an east Tennessee Japaneese cook.

No, I don't think I would want fugu from east Tennessee's kitchens, but Tennessee's excellent smoked hams are not matched by any ham product in Japan.

The closest that I came was to find good bacon made in northern Japan.

Japan does have some good pork -- the kurobuta breed comes from there -- so it's not a lack on that side, but they need to take some training courses on making smoked hams.

28 posted on 11/05/2006 6:43:21 AM PST by snowsislander
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To: snowsislander

Cautious about saying "tongue -in-cheek" because you'll likely give us a recipe for it....Tennessee-style.


29 posted on 11/05/2006 6:49:20 AM PST by CBart95
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To: snowsislander
We went to a sushi restaurant in Tulsa a few weeks ago and I noticed a party room just off the main dining area. A neon sign identified it as the "Tatami Room."
I asked the waitress, "Where's the tatami ?"
You're in it.., she said.
"Tatami is a 2 foot by 6 foot woven fiber floor panel in a Japanese house. People take off their shoes on tatami," I said.
Learn somthin new everyday, she said...
30 posted on 11/05/2006 6:57:55 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: chilepepper

I can't read kani with or without a mirror.


31 posted on 11/05/2006 7:02:16 AM PST by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: A. Pole
Oh. I thought they were going to crack down on 'fake food'.

Like Twinkies....

32 posted on 11/05/2006 7:02:51 AM PST by uglybiker (Don't look at me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: A. Pole
restaurants abroad ... fall short of Japanese culinary standards.

I suspected something like this was going on when our family recently went to the 'Sho Gun' restaurant and our personal chef, the one with the two large knives who stir frys the shrimp and chicken and flips it into the air, was wearing a Charlie Chaplin outfit.

33 posted on 11/05/2006 7:03:54 AM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: A. Pole
What about Japanese serving American food?

Mmmmmmm! "Ideal Taste of Sea Goodness and Mayonnaise!"

34 posted on 11/05/2006 7:09:30 AM PST by uglybiker (Don't look at me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
We went to a sushi restaurant in Tulsa a few weeks ago and I noticed a party room just off the main dining area. A neon sign identified it as the "Tatami Room."

I haven't been to many sushi places in the middle of the U.S., but 15 or so years ago I went to a kaiten sushi place in Minneapolis, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

35 posted on 11/05/2006 7:10:55 AM PST by snowsislander
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To: A. Pole
Hopefully we will get an abundant supply of plastic replica foods:


36 posted on 11/05/2006 7:19:32 AM PST by angkor
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My favorite "not quite Japanese" story is when I went into a "Japanese" restaurant in Florida.

I spent some time trying out my Japanese on the folks working, but they seemed to be very reticient. After a few minutes, one of them blurted out in English "we aren't Japanese, we're Korean".

Food was good, though.


37 posted on 11/05/2006 7:34:06 AM PST by snowsislander
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To: A. Pole

Yatta! It's about time! The number of faux Japanese restaurants out there giving one of the world's great cuisines a bad name is immense. Having a "food police" to certify restaurant fare as "authetically Japanese" will weed out the fakers from the pack and allow those of us who love Japanese food to find the real thing by some means other than luck and word-of-mouth.

I think there should be a Texas food council to certify restaurants who serve chili, steaks, and Mexican food (i.e. Texas food -- what some call "Tex-Mex"). In my travels, I have had "Mexican" food that barely rated the title "food", much less "Mexican". As for chili... dear Lord. The stuff that gets called "chili" out there! To grace that diarrhea-like swill they serve in Cincinnati with the proud name of "chili" ought to be against the law. "Never eat chili or Mexican food when north of the Red River" -- that's my motto.


38 posted on 11/05/2006 7:53:48 AM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: snowsislander

Yeah. I've been to Thai restaurants run by Laos (good) and Chinese restaurants run by Thais (don't hold back on the chicken sauce !)...


39 posted on 11/05/2006 7:59:50 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: A. Pole

I like this idea. God knows it should be used in three-quarters of the dumps that call themselves Mexican restaurants around here.


40 posted on 11/05/2006 8:01:01 AM PST by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: A. Pole

http://www.engrish.com/


41 posted on 11/05/2006 8:03:10 AM PST by relictele
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42 posted on 11/05/2006 8:18:55 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Amnesty_From_Government.htm)
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To: B-Chan

I'm not so sure about that. After Hayden Fry came to Iowa, us Hawkeyes were known to make killer Hawk Talk Chili. One bite and it was claws to the throat.


43 posted on 11/05/2006 9:08:53 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: B-Chan
I think there should be a Texas food council to certify restaurants who serve chili, steaks, and Mexican food (i.e. Texas food -- what some call "Tex-Mex"). ...... "Never eat chili or Mexican food when north of the Red River" -- that's my motto.

I ran into this in Memphis; what they call hot salsa, we would call marinara.

44 posted on 11/05/2006 10:28:36 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If the Romans had nukes, Carthage would still be glowing.)
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To: A. Pole
Given the large percentage of Japanese restaurants around here that are run by Koreans and Chinese, it's really not surprising they aren't 100% authentic. I'd be happy if I could just find more places that use authentic yakitori sauce instead of just using teriyaki sauce and calling it yakitori.
45 posted on 11/05/2006 10:58:45 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: elcid1970

Hahaha omg . . .

We had Jesus . . . from Puerto Rico!

*boggles*


46 posted on 11/05/2006 9:04:04 PM PST by twinzmommy
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To: A. Pole
Will this include a game show?
47 posted on 11/05/2006 9:08:22 PM PST by ThomasThomas ( _/|\_)
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To: Enterprise

LOL


48 posted on 11/05/2006 9:09:34 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: A. Pole

Aw, geez, first it's the bentos, next it's the bura sera.


49 posted on 11/05/2006 9:10:22 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (When personal character isn't relevant to voters or party leaders, Foley happens.)
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To: TXnMA

Not to mention "surimi" aka krab invented in Japan.


50 posted on 11/05/2006 9:14:25 PM PST by BunnySlippers (Never Forget)
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