• Kyodo


Police are set to refer ramen chain Ichiran and some of its managerial staff to prosecutors this week for allegedly breaking the immigration law by forcing foreign students to work illegally long hours at two stores in Osaka, investigative sources said Monday.

Ichiran, founded in 1993, serves thin noodles and pork-bone soup. It is best known for surrounding each counter seat with partitions to let diners “concentrate on the ramen flavor.”

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