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Diners in Japan serving up fresh concepts with socially aware approach

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By Toma Mochizuki

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"Employees?" Look, this is not something that is going to become something "major" here, as people do not want to have to "work" for their meals.

However, I can see it as a viable way to assist with those among us who need help and assistance in their daily lives and dont have money for food. Paying it forward is one example of community service that works.

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At Mirai Shokudo, customers who have eaten there before at least once can assist Kobayashi for 50 minutes in exchange for a meal.

Mirai: “Hey Taro, Here’s your free meal since you’ve finished slicing the meat for the steak bowl. By the way, did you wash your hands first?

Taro: No Ms Mirai, I forgot.

Mirai: We’ll that’s OK. We can’t waste all this product. Just remember to wash your hands next time.

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I can see health, safety and labor standards being an issue here. Dangerously so.

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Is a restaurant owner who pays someone in food but no money actually being virtuous? How do the numbers work out?

The way to do this kind of thing through soup kitchens where there is no commercial element and commercial food safety laws do not apply. You have all kinds of grey otherwise.

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I'm too old for all this "new approach / innovative" stuff. Nothing beats a good old izakaya.

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Very inspirational. Easy to find flaws, but when people try to accomplish something new and different there are always flaws. The difficult part is getting people to try a new and different approach.

Very Japanese to say "what about?" rather than to appreciate the effort and perhaps even pitch in and find solutions to the problems they worry about. Japanese like these in the article above are the real leaders.

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Here's an article (the same one?) with pictures.

https://mymodernmet.com/mirai-shokudo-tokyo-restaurant/

Looks nice.

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Nothing beats a good old izakaya.

IN Kobe, after the quake in '95, most the really good good ol' izakays either fell down, lost their clientele (with all the relocations over the mountain), or got run out by the landlords , who wanted to clean house and make way for the New Japan.

For a while there, it kinda sucked. Ya had to go all the way to Osaka for the fix.

But then, slowly but surely, people remembered what an Izakaya is supposed to be, and with some style updates and a bit of new dishes, the good ol' izakayas are back.

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But then, slowly but surely, people remembered what an Izakaya is supposed to be, and with some style updates and a bit of new dishes, the good ol' izakayas are back.

I visited Kobe several times in 2008-10, found a couple of nice places near Sannomiya station. Nice to know that good ol' izakayas are back!!

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