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Kyoto-based dumpling chain whose boss was slain will give patrons food coupons

AFP-JIJI

A Kyoto-based “gyoza” dumpling restaurant chain whose president was gunned down late last year in an apparent gangland hit will give customers food coupons in gratitude for their support.

Takayuki Ohigashi, 72, the boss of the Gyoza no Ohsho (King of Dumplings) chain, was shot dead in December outside the company’s headquarters in the city of Kyoto.

A spokesman for the company said sales were up 20 percent in the weeks after the slaying, as customer numbers swelled.

The company will give coupons for gyoza and other dishes to everyone who visits between Thursday and Saturday, it said.

“It is meant to show the company’s gratitude to customers who supported us after the president’s death,” the spokesman said.

A set of five different coupons will offer free gyoza and various other discounts on food and drinks, valid until Dec. 25, the company said.

Ohigashi turned around the once-struggling restaurant chain, which now operates more than 650 eateries throughout Japan as well as a handful abroad.

Gun crimes are rare in Japan, and incidents involving firearms usually have a connection to yakuza groups.

No arrest has been made in the slaying.