WORD HAS IT THAT there’s a restaurant somewhere in the world that has been serving cuts of human meat to customers.
A worldtruth.tv report claimed that the first restaurant in the world to legally offer human meat has opened in Tokyo.
“A scary restaurant nicknamed ‘The Resoto ototo no shoku ryohin’, which means in English ‘Edible Brother’, opened its doors to the Japanese public and from all over the world,” the website wrote.
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It went on to say that prices range from US$121 to nearly US$1,200 and that an unnamed tourist from Argentina was the first to dine at the restaurant. “It seems like eating pork, in this restaurant they cook the meat with spices, so the taste goes unnoticed,” worldtruth.tv quoted the tourist as saying.
To add on, the website claimed that the Japanese government approved a law back in 2014 to permit the consumption of human flesh as long as sanitation levels were met in the preparation of the meat and the restaurant was aware of its origin.
Other details included in the article were pretty stomach-churning.
Although Japan is known for its quirky subcultures and unique delicacies (such as the deadly fugu fish), the report is fortunately untrue.
The Japanese embassy in Washington has released a statement denying the report.
Thomas Mattingly, a spokesman at the Japanese embassy, said in an e-mail to Associated Press that the story is untrue.
“There are no Tokyo restaurants offering human meat on the menu and cannibalism has not been legalized in Japan, despite a false story circulating online,” Mattingly wrote, adding that the current story may have developed from a 2016 April Fools’ piece on a Spanish-language satirical website.
Fact-checking website Snopes.com also debunked the story back in December last year.
“The abrupt opening to the article and its use of stilted English should have been giveaways that it was likely a truncated copy of something originally published in a language other than English. Indeed, the source was a 12 July 2016 spoof published by La Voz Popular, a Spanish-language satirical publication,” Snopes.com clarified.
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