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October 29, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Japanese Firm Puts Sushi Imports Plan on Hold: Japan's Sushi Boy restaurant chain said it has shelved for the time being a controversial decision to import frozen sushi from the United States. The decision came just weeks after Japan's customs office, under foreign pressure, agreed to skirt a ban on imported rice by calling the sushi "processed fish."
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September 22, 2012 | Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
In Los Angeles, your next great meal could be anywhere, from a pop-up installed in an art gallery to the truck parked outside the place where you get coffee in the morning. If you've been here awhile, you almost expect your bliss to come from that place in the mini-mall next to the dry cleaners. But in the rush to quantify banh mi specialists and loncheros , the Japanese supermarket food court - that bastion of quick-service sushi and reliable fried pork, omelet rice with ketchup and octopus fritters squirted with Kewpie mayonnaise and sprinkled with dried bonito shavings - is often overlooked.
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NEWS
February 27, 1989 | From Associated Press
Thousands of people on Sunday jammed a Tokyo restaurant that sold $15 steak dinners for 55 yen, or 42 cents, to celebrate its 55th anniversary. Lines began forming outside the Suehiro restaurant in the renowned Ginza shopping district three hours before the steakhouse opened Sunday. The bargain dinner included seven ounces of imported beef plus salad and rice. The restaurant expects more than 30,000 customers to take advantage of the three-day offer.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Fast-food chain Yoshinoya says it will stop serving its trademark beef-and-onions rice dish until Japanese authorities lift a ban on U.S. beef imports. Restaurant chain Royal Host is considering whether it can increase the amount of beef it gets from Australia. McDonald's Japan has taken out full-page newspaper ads reassuring consumers that its patties are made only with Australian beef. News that a cow in Washington state tested positive last week for "mad cow" disease -- the first known U.S.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1990 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another sign of increasing Japanese investment in the U.S. beef business, a Tokyo-based chain of family restaurants has purchased Best Western Food Inc., a Los Angeles meat processor, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. Kyotaru Co. bought Best Western for a reported $41.26 million. What it gets from the deal is a guaranteed supply of U.S. beef--a product that is increasingly popular with Japanese consumers, beef industry sources said. "The Japanese know that, with consumption on the rise . .
NEWS
June 15, 1998 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Keiko Ishii traveled more than an hour from the suburbs to have lunch at Edokko Zushi, a restaurant recommended by a friend. Ishii was so astonished by the portions, she dubbed the place bikkuri zushi--surprise sushi. "I've never been to a shop where they served such a huge portion of uni [sea urchin] and ikura [salmon eggs]," she said, eyeing the cascade of orange roe overflowing from one seaweed-wrapped rice ball and the inch-high mustard-yellow urchin heaped atop another.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1994 | Associated Press
Nobuhisa Iwamoto has everything he needs to start Japan's first brew pub: shiny new equipment, training in the beer brewing arts and a cozy restaurant in a good location. Everything, that is, except a license to make the stuff. A government move April 1 to loosen rigid regulations on beer making has raised hopes for a jibiiru , or local beer, revolution by making it easier for smaller breweries to get a license. But Iwamoto's 25-seat pub--like countless others--is too small.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1994 | From Bloomberg Business News
If there's a big cheese in Tokyo's fiercely competitive pizza business, it is Ernest M. Higa. Higa courted pizza magnate Thomas Monaghan in the mid-1980s, and walked off with exclusive franchising rights in Japan for the Domino's Pizza Inc. chain. Since then, he has clawed his way to the top of Tokyo takeout, with home deliveries of sushi and smoked-eel pizza within 30 minutes or less.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Carl Karcher Enterprises has moved into the international market by licensing a Japanese company to open Carl's Jr. restaurants in Japan. The Anaheim-based fast food restaurant signed an agreement Tuesday with Friendly Corp. of Osaka, which will open at least 30 Carl's Jr. restaurants within five years in the metropolitan Osaka region. The contract makes Karcher Enterprises the latest American company offering to satisfy the growing appetite in Japan for American fast food. McDonald's Corp.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Fast-food chain Yoshinoya says it will stop serving its trademark beef-and-onions rice dish until Japanese authorities lift a ban on U.S. beef imports. Restaurant chain Royal Host is considering whether it can increase the amount of beef it gets from Australia. McDonald's Japan has taken out full-page newspaper ads reassuring consumers that its patties are made only with Australian beef. News that a cow in Washington state tested positive last week for "mad cow" disease -- the first known U.S.
NEWS
June 15, 1998 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Keiko Ishii traveled more than an hour from the suburbs to have lunch at Edokko Zushi, a restaurant recommended by a friend. Ishii was so astonished by the portions, she dubbed the place bikkuri zushi--surprise sushi. "I've never been to a shop where they served such a huge portion of uni [sea urchin] and ikura [salmon eggs]," she said, eyeing the cascade of orange roe overflowing from one seaweed-wrapped rice ball and the inch-high mustard-yellow urchin heaped atop another.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1994 | Associated Press
Nobuhisa Iwamoto has everything he needs to start Japan's first brew pub: shiny new equipment, training in the beer brewing arts and a cozy restaurant in a good location. Everything, that is, except a license to make the stuff. A government move April 1 to loosen rigid regulations on beer making has raised hopes for a jibiiru , or local beer, revolution by making it easier for smaller breweries to get a license. But Iwamoto's 25-seat pub--like countless others--is too small.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1994 | From Bloomberg Business News
If there's a big cheese in Tokyo's fiercely competitive pizza business, it is Ernest M. Higa. Higa courted pizza magnate Thomas Monaghan in the mid-1980s, and walked off with exclusive franchising rights in Japan for the Domino's Pizza Inc. chain. Since then, he has clawed his way to the top of Tokyo takeout, with home deliveries of sushi and smoked-eel pizza within 30 minutes or less.
BUSINESS
October 29, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Japanese Firm Puts Sushi Imports Plan on Hold: Japan's Sushi Boy restaurant chain said it has shelved for the time being a controversial decision to import frozen sushi from the United States. The decision came just weeks after Japan's customs office, under foreign pressure, agreed to skirt a ban on imported rice by calling the sushi "processed fish."
NEWS
September 15, 1992 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kentucky Fried Chicken recently opened its 1,000th shop in Japan, surpassed $1 billion in sales and will be selling the equivalent of 64 million chickens here this year, or more than one for every two Japanese. But when the chain launched its business here in 1970, there were few hints of such success. The Japanese did not know what "fast food" was. Chicken usually meant yakitori (grilled chicken parts on a skewer) or karaage (chicken cooked in vegetable oil).
BUSINESS
July 6, 1990 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another sign of increasing Japanese investment in the U.S. beef business, a Tokyo-based chain of family restaurants has purchased Best Western Food Inc., a Los Angeles meat processor, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. Kyotaru Co. bought Best Western for a reported $41.26 million. What it gets from the deal is a guaranteed supply of U.S. beef--a product that is increasingly popular with Japanese consumers, beef industry sources said. "The Japanese know that, with consumption on the rise . .
FOOD
September 22, 2012 | Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
In Los Angeles, your next great meal could be anywhere, from a pop-up installed in an art gallery to the truck parked outside the place where you get coffee in the morning. If you've been here awhile, you almost expect your bliss to come from that place in the mini-mall next to the dry cleaners. But in the rush to quantify banh mi specialists and loncheros , the Japanese supermarket food court - that bastion of quick-service sushi and reliable fried pork, omelet rice with ketchup and octopus fritters squirted with Kewpie mayonnaise and sprinkled with dried bonito shavings - is often overlooked.
NEWS
September 15, 1992 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kentucky Fried Chicken recently opened its 1,000th shop in Japan, surpassed $1 billion in sales and will be selling the equivalent of 64 million chickens here this year, or more than one for every two Japanese. But when the chain launched its business here in 1970, there were few hints of such success. The Japanese did not know what "fast food" was. Chicken usually meant yakitori (grilled chicken parts on a skewer) or karaage (chicken cooked in vegetable oil).
NEWS
February 27, 1989 | From Associated Press
Thousands of people on Sunday jammed a Tokyo restaurant that sold $15 steak dinners for 55 yen, or 42 cents, to celebrate its 55th anniversary. Lines began forming outside the Suehiro restaurant in the renowned Ginza shopping district three hours before the steakhouse opened Sunday. The bargain dinner included seven ounces of imported beef plus salad and rice. The restaurant expects more than 30,000 customers to take advantage of the three-day offer.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Carl Karcher Enterprises has moved into the international market by licensing a Japanese company to open Carl's Jr. restaurants in Japan. The Anaheim-based fast food restaurant signed an agreement Tuesday with Friendly Corp. of Osaka, which will open at least 30 Carl's Jr. restaurants within five years in the metropolitan Osaka region. The contract makes Karcher Enterprises the latest American company offering to satisfy the growing appetite in Japan for American fast food. McDonald's Corp.
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