The past couple of weeks, the biggest scandal hit...a couple of well-known hotels in the Kansai area had not used the ingredients in meals that they advertised...for the past 7 years!
It wouldn't be so bad if it had been going on for less than that, but 7 years!
And then everyone in Japan wanted to come clean, from the hotels down to department stores.
The part that upsets me is that whenever we eat out we're trusting that what we are getting and paying for is what was advertised.
The truth though is that if you, yourself are not cooking the dish, how would you know what is going into it?
It is the trust between the consumer that has been broken.
In Japan, they apologize or they "take responsibility" by leaving their job.
Frankly, I think that if you really want to "take responsibility" for something, don't quit.
Hang in there and take your lumps.
Almost all ingredients in Japan have built up their own reputations to become "brand names" for their areas.
And now places that supposedly had "higher quality" lied about what they used and damaged these "brand names", maybe for life.
Back in 2008, I wrote this post.
So, just tell the truth and everything will be just fine.
Have a nice weekend everyone!