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Japan sushi shops face seafood cost hike as Russia sanctions bite

'Scramble for crab' begins after airspace closed to Russian exports

Sushi restaurants are reviewing their menus as ingredients grow scarce and prices rise. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- As democracies slap sanctions on Russia, Japan's sushi restaurants and seafood importers find themselves suffering from some unintended consequences.

"The scramble for crab has just begun," said a representative of Saito Fish Shop, located at the site of the old Tsukiji Market, once one of the world's largest fish markets.

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