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Fans of eatery Ootoya block top shareholder's cost-saving ax

Freshly grilled fish cannot be replaced by factory-made dishes, they say

Ootoya is known for its teishoku -- a set meal usually consisting of an entree, rice and miso soup -- prepared from scratch at each of its locations. (Photo from Ootoya Holdings' Facebook page)

TOKYO -- Ootoya Holdings has prevailed in its battle to preserve its founding philosophy -- serving Japanese comfort food made fresh at each restaurant -- with overwhelming support from retail shareholders who love the food served at the company's eateries.

At issue during Thursday's annual shareholders meeting was whether to abandon the company's current approach to cooking and set up central kitchens that churn out meals for multiple locations.

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