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The Sushi Seal of Approval

Tired of going to crappy Japanese places? Well, worry no longer. The Japanese government plans to award official seals of approval to overseas restaurants serving Japanese food that they deem of sufficient quality and authenticity (ie not Asian fusion, not a Korean/Japanese restaurant, not places that are actually Chinese or Filipino but say they serve Japanese, etc.)

From the Washington Post:

A fast-growing list of gastronomic indignities — from sham sake in Paris to shoddy sashimi in Bangkok — has prompted Japanese authorities to launch a counterattack in defense of this nation’s celebrated food culture. With restaurants around the globe describing themselves as Japanese while actually serving food that is Asian fusion, or just plain bad, the government here announced a plan this month to offer official seals of approval to overseas eateries deemed to be “pure Japanese.”

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