A sushi restaurant chain based in Osaka, Japan, is causing a lot of trouble after admitting to what critics are calling “wasabi terrorism.” Workers for the chain, Ichibazushi, have admitted to heaping generous portions of wasabi onto unsuspecting foreigners’ food, although they deny that it was outright discrimination.
"Because many of our overseas customers frequently order extra amounts of pickled ginger and wasabi, we gave them more without checking first," the chain's operator told Channel News Asia. "The result was unpleasant for some guests who aren't fans of wasabi."
The stunt went viral once customers started posting pictures of their overly spiced foods to social media. Reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor show one-star reviews and accusations of racist behavior and discrimination.
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For a while, the restaurant’s homepage had crashed from the abundance of traffic to the site, but now it’s back up and running with the chain’s apology front and center. Ichibazushi also claims to be looking into the accusations of racial discrimination.