Nov 22, 2013

Hotels' food frauds might lead to improvement order, legal revision

The Consumer Affairs Agency plans to specify penalties against Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co. and Ritz-Carlton Osaka by the end of this year for misrepresenting the food on their restaurant menus, sources said.The agency also plans to punish a hotel subsidiary of railway operator Kintetsu ...

Nov 21, 2013

Japan mulls legal crackdown on food fraud

The government will propose legal revisions early next year to address the food misrepresentations on hotel and restaurant menus that have made headlines of late, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday.The legal change is needed at the next ordinary Diet session, which starts ...

| Nov 16, 2013

Think caviar but brace for caveat


In one of the most memorable scenes of the late, and sorely missed, Juzo Itami’s classic 1985 film “Tampopo” (“Dandelion”), Japanese businessmen enter a French restaurant. Confused by the exotic items on the menu, the elderly members of the party stick to what they ...

Nov 12, 2013

Agency checks inns amid food fraud

The Consumer Affairs Agency has inspected two hotels in Osaka over food mislabeling at their restaurants, according to sources.The inspection at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka, operated by Hanshin Hotel Systems under the umbrella of Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Inc., was conducted Monday, while that at Hotel ...

More businesses admit misrepresenting menu items

Nov 5, 2013

More businesses admit misrepresenting menu items

Major department store chains Takashimaya Co. and Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co. separately said Tuesday that some of their restaurants and stores misrepresented items on their menus, becoming the latest in a string of companies to own up to food fraud.Takashimaya said the misrepresentations ...

Hotel's misleading menus leave bad taste

Oct 29, 2013

Hotel's misleading menus leave bad taste

Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co., under fire for deceiving consumers by misrepresenting items on its menus, is drawing sympathy from some in the food and hotel industries.According to people involved in the food service industry, false advertising of this kind “happens quite often, and the ...