A sushi chain in Osaka, Japan is being accused of discrimination after foreign customers claimed that sushi chefs put in twice as much wasabi as usual in their sushi.
The restaurant chain, Ichibazushi, issued an apology on their website earlier this week stating that chefs did put more wasabi in the food of unsuspecting customers, but claimed it wasn’t because of discrimination.
Instead, they reasoned it was because many foreign customers request extra ginger and wasabi with their food, so the higher amounts of wasabi became a norm of sorts. The chain’s operator stated:
“Because many of our overseas customers frequently order extra amounts of pickled ginger and wasabi, we gave them more without checking first.
“The result was unpleasant for some guests who aren’t fans of wasabi.”
It is unclear how many cases of wasabi overdose occurred, but when the story was picked up by the national media, netizens began complaining of “wasabi terrorism” and even racism, according to ChannelNewsAsia.