Rest of World reports on viral teenage pranks at conveyor-belt sushi chain restaurants across Japan, which snowballed into a societal phenomenon that social media users and the Japanese press have named “sushi terrorism.”
It began January 9th when a video showed a customer adding a pile of wasabi onto sushi on a conveyor belt. Another video shows a giggling teenager touching sushi on a conveyor belt at the sushi chain Sushiro after first licking that finger. The stock of the parent company that owns that sushi chain drops nearly 5%.
It’s not over. At a Nagoya branch of Kura Sushi, a 21-year-old customer grabs sushi from the conveyor belt, cramming it into his mouth and chasing it down with a swig from the communal soy sauce bottle. The incident is filmed by his two younger friends, one of whom posts the clip online. The same day, Sushiro’s operating company announces it will limit conveyor belts and move to ordering by touch screen.
Concerns continued at other sushi chains. (“Kura Sushi says it’s installing surveillance cameras equipped with AI to monitor customers’ behavior and catch sushi terrorists. A day later, Choushimaru announces it will switch entirely to an iPad-based ordering system by April 26.”) Sushiro also moves to ordering by touch screen and promises to limit conveyor belts.
The story’s dramatic conclusion?
Nagoya police arrest the 19-year-old man who allegedly posted the soy-sauce-swigging video from Kura Sushi, along with his two “co-conspirators.” Nagoya police declare they are holding all three sushi terrorists on suspicion of “forcible obstruction of business.” The crime would carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison, if they’re convicted.
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