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How sushi was ruined by the separation of supply and demand

Conveyor-belt restaurants breed bad behavior by keeping chefs from diners

Sushi on a conveyor belt perhaps gives consumers too much freedom.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's sushi restaurants were once mostly intimate expensive eateries where chef and diner shared a relationship. Now, cheap conveyor-belt chains have proliferated, resulting in a separation between chef and diner that has become a breeding ground for nuisance and problematic behavior.

"Sushi terrorism" has been trending on social media in Japan after a spate of unhygienic pranks became viral videos. The videos show young customers licking soy sauce bottles and messing with food meant for others.

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