Letter From Osaka

‘Sushi terrorism’ in Japan: Conveyor belt chains deal with pranksters touching food, licking utensils

Sushiro has grown exponentially since its founding in 1984 to become Japan’s largest kaitenzushi chain. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
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OSAKA – Think about Japan’s quirky conveniences and the fuss-free sushi train – or kaitenzushi – may well come to mind, the plates and plates of sushi chugging round on a conveyor belt.

There is an ever-growing overseas appetite for the popular concept, which was sparked in 1958 in Osaka by Genroku Sushi, and in 2021 saw domestic sales of 740 billion yen (S$7.5 billion).

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