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Sushi pranks push restaurants to fight back with AI

Top conveyor belt maker partners with security company on spotting troublemakers

Sushi restaurants are looking to reassure customers disturbed by problem behavior. (Photo by Atsushi Ooka)

KANAZAWA, Japan -- Japan's leading maker of sushi conveyor belts has teamed up with a security camera company to use artificial intelligence against unsanitary pranks that have shocked the restaurant industry.

Viral videos of the behavior, which include licking unused teacups and putting wasabi on other people's sushi, have made headlines in a country that prides itself on cleanliness and a unique food culture.

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