Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co President Hiroshi Desaki said Monday that he planned to step down over a scandal involving mislabeled menus in restaurants and hotels.
The scandal unfolded last week after Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Inc admitted it had mislabeled ingredients used in 47 menus at its restaurants and hotels.
The company is currently under investigation by the Consumer Affairs Agency over the scandal, although prior to his resignation, Desaki referred to the incident as one of "mislabeling" rather than deception.
According to the agency, eight hotels and four restaurants operated by Hankyu Hanshin in Kyoto and Osaka misrepresented ingredients in dishes that were eaten by an estimated 79,000 customers, TBS reported Tuesday. The company said it had refunded more than 10,000 customers who ate at the restaurants in question.
Desaki's resignation will be effective from Nov 1.© Japan Today