• Kyodo


A sushi chef was sentenced to a $5,000 fine and 200 hours of community service at a U.S. federal district court for serving whale meat to customers at a high-end sushi restaurant in California in 2009 and 2010, an act banned under U.S. law.

As the head chef of The Hump, a now-defunct sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, a naturalized U.S. citizen, served and sold sei whale meat in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, according to Monday’s ruling.

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