National | View from Osaka Nov 16, 2013

Think caviar but brace for caveat

by Eric Johnston

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 ...

National 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

National 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

National 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 ...