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Legal Restrictions on "Take-Out" Food in Japan??


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Legal Restrictions on "Take-Out" Food in Japan??

Lynn | Aug 17, 2001 08:48 AM

My curiosity has been piqued! In the last few days, the New York Board began a thread, discussing whether a sushi restaurant had the right to refuse a doggy bag to a diner, who wanted to take his remaining sushi home.

As a possible explanation, it was suggested that this is a holdover from Japan, where a restaurant can be sued for spoilage of the take-out--ie, some suicidal diner leaves the remains to marinate on his kitchen counter for three days--then, tucks a napkin under his chin, devours it. And dies.

My question is this: how can Japan offer ANY take-out food at ALL, if they are legally responsible for the rotting fish their patron took home to admire on his counter for 72 hours? How can they enforce this rule for doggy bags--but not for take-out orders? How does the take-out business get around this issue?

I am VERY curious. Can anyone help?

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