About 3,000 foreigners working part-time at a Japanese restaurant chain are now members of a labor union formed by its employees.
The workers are employed by Hiday Hidaka Corporation. It operates 420 restaurants including the chain Hidakaya, which serves ramen noodles and Chinese dishes in Tokyo and surrounding areas.
By Tomoo Furuta / Japan News Staff WriterMATSUDO, Chiba — When you enter the Ruwhan Thai restaurant, the exotic interior design immediately catches your attention, followed by the Thai pop music that fills the air.
Owner Kenichi Hashimoto, who opened the restaurant in 2012, was proud of the fact that he uses homegrown organic vegetables to make dishes.
When award-winning chef Jock Zonfrillo opened Restaurant Orana in the southern Australian city of Adelaide in 2013, he had a point to prove: native Australian ingredients are not "B-grade."
"We're not doing 18 courses of witchetty grubs (moth larvae)," said Zonfrillo. "We're making delicious food and we're doing it with Australian ingredients."