Major sushi chain’s headquarters searched by police

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President of the company that runs the Kappa Sushi restaurant chain is under investigation in Japan.

Mainichi reports that Kappa Create Co, which operates the major conveyor-belt sushi restaurant chain Kappa Sushi, said the Japan Metropolitan Police Department is investigating its president on suspicion of violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Law.

The headquarters were searched in late June. This was over suspicions Koki Tanabe had illicitly obtained sales data from a rival chain called Hama-Sushi he used to work for.

The allegation is that on several occasions between November last year, when Tanabe became an adviser and mid-December, he personally received daily Hama-Sushi sales data and other information from a former colleague on several occasions.

The publication wrote that Kappa Create said it would cooperate fully with the investigation and “strictly handle punishments of those involved based on the investigation’s development”.