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The following report is truly the sickest thing I have ever seen on the Net. A nation is literally fighting for its life and Israel bemoans the following??

Israel fears sushi shortage after quake

Situation in Japan may affect regular supply of ingredients for one of Israelis’ favorite dishes

While Japan continues to deal with the aftermath of last Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, and has yet to recover from one of the greatest disasters in its history, Israelis fear a shortage in the ingredients of one of their favorite dishes: Sushi.

Many of sushi’s basic components come from Japan or are imported through the battered countries. Will Israelis soon suffer from a shortage of the beloved rolls’ necessary ingredients?

“There may be a shortage of sushi components, but we are still studying the situation,” says Dudi Afriat of the Rakuto Kasei company, which imports the Kikkoman soy sauce, as well as seaweeds, wasabi, rice and other necessary ingredients for sushi rolls.

Rakuto Kasei is the main supplier of raw materials for sushi to all restaurants in Israel, and markets products to supermarkets as well.

“We’ll be wiser once the situation in Japan stabilizes and the reconstruction begins,” he explains. “I assume we’ll know if there is going to be a shortage in the coming week. The main fear is of a shortage of the Kikkoman soy sauce. One Kikkoman factory in Japan was damaged and there have been delays in the supply, but we hope it won’t stop the regular chain of supply.”

Kikkoman has five factories around the world – in the United States, Hong Kong, Holland, Singapore and Japan. “Most of the containers arrive in Israel from the US, but the entire management is in Japan,” Afriat explains.

“At the moment, it’s very difficult communicating with them. There are a lot of disruptions. Yesterday I spoke with our contact in Japan, and he said it took him 10 hours to get to the office from home.

“So at the moment the situation is unclear, and it all depends on the Japanese. I trust them, because they love the soy sauce more than we do. My only fear is that they’ll have to import Kikkoman from the US, and that will affect the imports to Israel.”

Rice shortage not expected

A possible shortage of Kikkoman would be felt in Israel. “About 85% of the soy sauce used in Israel is Kikkoman. This is a very unusual figure in the world,” Afriat says. “Israeli chefs feel very connected to this product. After the tsunami I received phone calls from hysterical people fearing a shortage of Kikkoman.”

Other products which may be affected due to import problems or damaged factories are miso (traditional Japanese seasoning), pickled Japanese pumpkin and cabbage, and certain types of seaweed. A shortage may also be felt in wasabi – Japanese horseradish.

One thing is certain: A rice shortage is not anticipated, as most of the rice used to make sushi comes from California.

Fortunately, many Japanese products are produced in US factories and exported to Israel from there. Therefore, the supply of most types of seaweeds, ginger, Sake and rice vinegar is not expected to be affected.

Sushi rolling mats and other bamboo products, like chopsticks, come from China. The panko and tempura come from South Korea, and black sesame originates in Israel or Thailand.

Tel Aviv one of biggest sushi consumers

Israelis love sushi, and a shortage of some of its ingredients may have an effect on many restaurants. “The Japanese food unit in Israel has grown by some 800% in the past five or six years,” says Afriat. “Five years ago, there were up to 20 sushi restaurants in Tel Aviv. Today there are more than 130. A survey we conducted recently revealed that sushi is the No. 2 take away food in Israel.”

“Kikkoman, the world’s biggest commercial brand, has an amazing infiltration level. It can be found in one-third of Israeli households, and it’s clearly a Japanese product. Surprisingly, we bring real naturally fermented soy sauce, which costs much more than other types of soy available in stores, and Israelis still appreciate and purchase it.

“We import 900 kilograms (1,984pounds) of Kikkoman bottles a year, and 54 tons of rice for sushi a month. It’s an amazing amount. Tel Aviv is the fifth city in the world in the consumption of sushi per capita, and fourth in the world in the number of sushi restaurants per capita.

“Last year, Kikkoman’s senior management arrived in Israel to give us the award for the company’s best global marketer, because we reached a 66% rise in sales between 2008 and 2009.

“Business with Japan is very tight. I have been working with Japanese people for six years now and we feel very connected to them. We feel their pain.”



  1. B.Benhamid said,

    March 16, 2011 at 18:47

    Why not continue with the deliveries of Sushi products to the Zionist Entity? God’s chosen Übermenschen are privileged and should not let a good crisis go to waste.

  2. alexandra kathleen said,

    March 16, 2011 at 21:00

    I say Do send them all the sushi they can eat , The toxicity could do them good.

  3. golem said,

    March 16, 2011 at 21:26

    And what’s your source for this report? All your links direct to ynet articles which have no mention of Sushi.

  4. desertpeace said,

    March 16, 2011 at 21:38

    Source is given at end of post,7340,L-4042347,00.html

  5. golem said,

    March 16, 2011 at 21:53

    The article sounds like joke. Never heard of the reporter before. I don’t think you should pick everything that’s anti-israel without thinking twice. If this Meirav Crystal goes and asks the supplier, I guess he has to answer her. Now that cannot be used as proof that Israel is worried about Sushi shortage. Bad taste.

  6. March 17, 2011 at 00:51

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  7. paddy said,

    March 17, 2011 at 02:49

    Israel should be more concerned about a shortage of money to pay for sushi. As more Americans catch on that they pay 3 billion a year to Israel, as Germans tire of the “poor victim” myth and as Christians worldwide learn about the false claim of “chosen people” status, they may have to work for a living instead of stealing from everyone else as they have done for centuries with their fraud schemes, their fractional-reserve banking scam and that scourge on humanity, compound interest.

  8. March 17, 2011 at 07:43

    […] Desert Peace – The following report is truly the sickest thing I have ever seen on the Net. A nation is literally fighting for its life and Israel bemoans the following?? […]

  9. Jim said,

    March 17, 2011 at 13:01

    Israel is not alone in this tragedy. American brethren are also worried.


    Bay Area Sushi Bars Face Daunting Supply Shortages

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – Bay Area sushi bars and other restaurants that rely heavily on Japanese seafood are facing shipping delays and supply shortages following last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

    In the above, “earthquake and tsunami” is a link, so American readers can easily click and get familiar with those related topics as well.

  10. Jim said,

    March 17, 2011 at 13:09

    excerpts from the comments to the article at ynet, all very negative:

    I read this article though a link on fb. Someone there commented that the earthquake must have had antisemite tendencies, to deprive Israel of its sushi ingredients.
    Growing up Jewish (and Orthodox)one is used to view all world events through the prism of “Is it good for the Jews?” Usually, when the Goyim suffer it is “good for the Jews”. But not in the case of the disaster in Japan!

    yet another comment one correctly notices article’s use of the familiar codewords “Israelis fear” and “Israelis suffer”, usually reserved for Iran, 2nd Holocaust, and Antisemitism.

  11. Big Man said,

    March 17, 2011 at 13:56

    Such odd, selfish people.

  12. James said,

    March 17, 2011 at 14:11

    It looks like the Japanese are turning a blind eye on the BDS movement. Perhaps they should adopt the same attitude about radiation as the Israelis have about their nuclear warheads. A little alpha radiation couldn’t produce any more mutations than zionist propaganda.

  13. robertsgt40 said,

    March 17, 2011 at 14:30

    Ah yes, the arrogance and self interest. We have Japan on the verge of extinction and Israel’s #1 concern is feeding its face. Set of a bottle rocket(if that) in Gaza and you get operation Cast Lead in return. Attack a relief ship and murder true humanitarians, cover it up and move on to the next venture. And Israel wonders why it has no friends?

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  15. bintal3aasifeh said,

    March 18, 2011 at 12:21

    Not surprised. The Japanese are goyim, and as such are only present to serve the chosen. Whether or not a few thousand died is not of consequence to the Zionists. They could care less. Heartless ba$tards.

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