By Michael Evans
As China’s empty plate drive presses on, a restaurant in Japan has upped the ante by fining customers who don’t finish their meals.
Diners at Hachikyo in Sapporo, Japan are warned on the seafood restaurant’s menu that anyone who does not finish the establishment’s signature dish – a bowl of rice topped with salmon roe – will be made to pay an additional fee.
The menu asks that diners clean their bowls out of gratitude and respect for the fishermen who toil and risk their lives to provide food for the restaurant’s tables. The money collected from customers fined for leaving leftovers will be donated directly to the fishermen themselves.
It remains to be seen whether the idea will catch on in China, where appeals to think of the country’s struggling farmers have already been used to discourage diners from wasting food.