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Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi

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'The National Police Agency and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency are urging elderly people to be careful when eating mochi rice cakes during the New Year holidays.

The appeal is made every year at this time. The sticky cakes, a traditional New Year's food, cause choking incidents among elderly people.

Authorities have advised people to cut up their mochi into small chunks and to eat it with great care, and in the presence of someone else.

During the New Year period, families traditionally cook ozoni soup and put the rice cakes in the vegetable broth.

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Keep a powerful vacuum close by

3 ( +6 / -3 )

The appeal is made every year at this time.

but.....

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Authorities have advised people to cut up their mochi into small chunks and to eat it with great care, and in the presence of someone else.

if people need to be told this, we're in bad shape..... (ー△ー;)

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evey Year this public announcement of mochi choking warning is announced which is needed because mochi if a choking hazard food at all ages I think

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The appeal is made every year at this time. The sticky cakes, a traditional New Year's food, cause choking incidents among elderly people.

Mochi has killed more people than many substances deemed dangerous and prohibited.Think about that.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Stick with Soba coz it won’t stick with you…

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I try not to eat mochi. Dentures come off.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Mochi choking season.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

•Don't gulp your ozoni

•wear a mask

•get vaccinated

•get the booster

That all makes perfect sense, considering the dangers. Happy New Year!

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I enjoy making my own mochi. You can try all kind of different ingredients. Just take smaller bites and make sure to chew it good before swallowing. Some warm tea goes nice along with it.

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Seriously, and by statistics, mochi and choking objects have killed more aged Japanese people than covid-19.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Around a dozen people die from choking on mochi every new year. These warnings also come out every year. One would think people would be aware of the dangers by now.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Mochi seems like a killer.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Mochi kills more elderly every year than the ‘rona. They government needs to take this culinary menace more seriously.

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Yesterday I was invited to a mochi making event. Suddenly I was handed a fresh warm mochi and told to enjoy it right away. As I was hurriedly eating it, swallowing a slowly longer growing section, I suddenly felt unable to breathe, and this caused a spasm of fear or panic. Somewhat like water boarding perhaps. It was just a moment, but I recalled these stories and decided to take things slowly.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Grapes are also dangerous, even for children.

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Why people eat this stuff is beyone me. It's disgusting.

...he said while gobbling down that Snickers and Coke.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

I wonder if Dyson and some of the Mochi makers would do a boxed set?

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Why people eat this stuff is beyone me. It's disgusting.

Actually, incorrect. Mochi is absolutely delicious and healthy.

But those over 60 Years old should avoid it, unless they have a death wish. Eating mochi is an extreme sport for the elderly.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Mochi may be more dangerous than omicron. Please quarantine mochi at a hotel for the remainder of the season.

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anyone can choke on mochi not just the seniors... we should turn the tv off and enjoy our mochi mindfully - that should help... looking forward to my mother in law's mochi!

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Better warn the small children and youth as they are might given mochi without warning or knowledge of risks. Those elderly people know for decades what risk is included and they are already used to it. I wonder why they expose also themselves to that not delicious and potentially dangerous food and even promote it everywhere and newly year by year, giving it away to family, acquaintances and customers in full knowledge of the danger. Maybe it’s even sometimes offered as a little killer attempt, to people with dementia, highest age, or not capable of helping themselves, chewing well or having power or will to resist offer and ingestion. Quite a grey zone, I guess…

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Mochi is a tasteless heated lump consisting of: chalk, plasticine, string cheese, and mortar. Once consumed, it either vulcanizes in the bowels or has to be spun from the victim’s throat like threaded flax.

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Dyson should use this as an advertisement campaign with a comedic theme.

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Mochi is dangerous for all ages. Last year I choked on a small piece of mochi. Got stuck in my throat and wouldn’t go down. Had to drink boiling coffee to help it go down. Burnt my mouth bad but that’s better than choking to death.

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If you don’t put it in your mouth you can’t choke on it.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

The last thought must be "Am I one of them?"

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Ah yes the annual mochi headlines. Unfortunately to follow with some other headlines

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Just prepare the generic form with "____ died from choking on mochi today". Same one used every year.

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Sorry @fighto but no…. Mochi is not healthy it’s an inflammatory carbohydrates with little amount of nutrients. It’s cause diabetes along with your favorite Japanese white and brown rice. Don’t be fooled.

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"Sorry @fighto but no…. Mochi is not healthy it’s an inflammatory carbohydrates with little amount of nutrients. It’s cause diabetes along with your favorite Japanese white and brown rice. Don’t be fooled."

1) "Health benefits of mochi

When you combine rice and seaweed, mochi is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamins A, C, E (Alpha Tocopherol), and K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, and Phosphorus. It’s also a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese."

"http://www.foodthinkers.com/mochi-a-healthy-japanese-snack/"

2) "25 Health Benefits of Mochi #1 Top Japanese Healthy Snack"

"https://drhealthbenefits.com/food-bevarages/snack/health-benefits-of-mochi"

3) Ouch!

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Mochi is made of white rice.

Plenty of carbohydrates to fill you up.

Rice has some residual vitamins and minerals, but it's not enough for a healthy meal.

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Peeping_TomToday  04:16 am JST

1) "Health benefits of mochi

When you combine rice and seaweed, mochi is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol.

This is true, and for the nori seaweed too.

It is also a good source of Vitamins A, C, E (Alpha Tocopherol), and K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, and Phosphorus. It’s also a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese."

This is disingenuous : All those benefits are from the nori seaweed wrap, not the mochi itself, which has negligible vitamin or mineral content. Why, surely you could just eat the nori and get the same benefits.

Nice try. Nice googling, too.

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I think back in the old days mochi was a rare treat and made in different flavors. My understanding is that daily good was genmai.

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I think back in the old days mochi was a rare treat and made in different flavors. My understanding is that daily good was genmai

When I first came to Japan honks ago, all the mochi was white. Now we can (and do) buy genmai and yomogi versions. Much tastier and healthier.

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