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Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules See in context


Right, of course. And it is only foreigners who make a reservation and don't show up. Japanese never do this. Of course not. Yeah, in most cases, maybe.

So, if I am a foreigner living in Tokyo and not staying in a hotel (so can't make a reservation via a hotel) and I don't have a credit card that offers a service that allows me to make a reservation via a credit card company, what am I supposed to do??

You can get a new credit card or ask your Japanese friend to make a reservation. I'm not saying this is the best or only one solution for the problem and I also don't agree with all of its policy and rules. Maybe there are some better ways. My point is that the word "discrimination" is too strong here.

It's obvious that he made the rule for avoiding troubles, not rule out foreign customers. If really Mizutani is a racist, he just needs to refuse foreign people, saying "foreigners are not allowed to visit my restaurant."

Besides, this kind of rule exists everywhere. For example, in the U.S, if Asian students take college entrance exam, their scores automatically deducted because of their race, and colleges regulate distribution ratio of student's race by that. Isn't that discrimination?

In Tsukiji market, many foreign travelers visits it and make huge troubles like touching fish, jumping on the table, or breaking equipment, so the administrator temporarily prohibited foreign people from entering the market. Is that also discrimination?

As I wrote, I don't think this is the best way, but these days more and more foreigners travelers visits Japan, and the number of problems is also increasing. Usually an owner and workers in this type of restaurant don't speak English or Chinese and know much about technology, so they are kinda at a loss with the rapid change of the situation. Besides, credit card is not acceptable in this restaurant (credit card companies just make reservations), so it's difficult to force customers to pay money in advance. I want to ask if they have to lose money unless they find a perfect solution immediately? I think discussion here is too emotional and one-sided.

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Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules See in context

Mizutani does not refuse foreign customers. It just requires them to make reservations via credit card companies or hotels , which can give a guarantee for the time when customers don't show up because there too many foreigners cancel reservations without telling.

"No-show" is fatal for this kind of restaurant because raw fish can't be stored. Or you say they should go bankrupt?

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