Japanese man faces 3 years in prison after licking soy sauce bottle in sushi restaurant

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A 21-year-old man who filmed himself licking a soy sauce bottle at a conveyor-belt sushi chain in Nagoya, Japan has been sentenced to three years in prison.

In its ruling, the Nagoya District Court decided to suspend Ryoga Yoshino’s sentence for five years, Japan Today reports. The defense had requested a suspended sentence saying their client regretted his actions.

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Yoshino told the court he made the video “to satisfy my desire for recognition,” admitting what he did “was very stupid.”

During the Feb. 3 incident, an accomplice filmed Yoshino licking sushi, cups and the spout of a soy sauce bottle at a Kura Sushi chain. 

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The co-conspirator, who was 19 at the time, has been given probation.

Yoshino was among the first to be arrested for taking part in a viral trend in which Japanese youth filmed themselves licking sushi and communal condiments bottles to gain online notoriety.

The unhygienic pranks made some customers think twice about visiting conveyor belt sushi establishments. Some chains stopped using conveyor belts altogether.

Kura Sushi has reportedly installed AI-enabled security cameras on the belts to prevent food tampering.

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Originally posted 2023-10-20 16:21:54.