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Customers mourning slain dumpling boss to get free food


A Japanese dumpling restaurant chain whose president was gunned down late last year in a reported gangland killing is to give customers food coupons in gratitude for their support.

Takayuki Ohigashi, 72, the boss of the "Gyoza no Ohsho (King of Dumplings)" chain, was shot dead in December outside the company's headquarters in Kyoto.

A spokesman for the company said sales were up 20% in the weeks after the bloody killing, as customer numbers swelled.

The company will give coupons for dumplings and other dishes to everyone who visits between Thursday and Saturday, it said.

"It is meant to show the company's gratitude to customers who supported us after the president's death," said a company spokesman.

A set of five different coupons will offer free dumplings and various other discounts on food and drinks, valid until Dec 25, the company said.

Ohigashi turned around the once-struggling restaurant chain, which now operates more than 650 restaurants throughout Japan as well as a handful abroad.

Gun crime is rare in Japan, and incidents involving firearms usually have a connection to yakuza crime groups.

Police have so far made no arrests.

© (c) 2014 AFP

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No arrests?? Seriously!! No leads?? Nothing to go on??

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Free dumplings for cops, no arrest necessary

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"incidents involving firearms usually have a connection to yakuza crime groups"

Perhaps Japan Today should conduct the investigation.

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The title of this article could definitely use some editing.... Taken out of context it makes about as much sense as spaghetti creature.

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I thought it meant they were only mourning him in order to get the free gyoza.

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I read somewhere it wasnt a yakuza based gang that killed them but a dispute with the chinese triad from overseas. that invloved a chain store in china. supposly they sent a hitman to kill him. http://www.tokyoreporter.com/2014/01/23/rumors-of-chinese-mafia-involvement-in-death-of-gyoza-king/

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The headline reminded me of what people do in NK

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Why is this a crime? And if it is because of the killing... where is the news?

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Yakuza, triads, aliens whatever, im getting some free gioza!

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I've had a point card with this gyoza chain for years. Time to go tonight and get my free gyoza coupon. YEAH!

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this also weirdly rewards the public for going after the management

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Call me old-fashioned, but Im not sure I could work up an appetite for gyoza knowing someone was slaughtered a few steps away. A wonderful tribute to the Late Gyoza King, nonetheless.

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Very witty mariam

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