Recently the Asahi News reported the following:
In the authoritative gourmet book "Michelin Guide", shops in Yokohama and Kamakura besides those in Tokyo were newly added to the 2011 edition. Talking about Yokohama, Yokohama China Street was the largest among the world class Chinatowns that lined up with over 200 restaurants. Although these locals had been been expecting that some shops with stars would come out, in the published list announced on the 24th, there was not even one Chinese restaurant.
｢All shops with taste from high class to popular are here. Is it not that you can really eat in different kinds of shops｣｡Xie Chengfat the president of "Shatenki" which stood at the front of Chinatown to attract tourists in Chinatown expressed dissatisfaction. According to a press release in Yokohama city, there were only two-star Japanese restaurants and three-star could no be found in Yokohama area. There were 14 one-star such as the pronoun for civilization and enlightenment - the originator of the beef sukiyaki. Mr. Xie did not conceal the shock because immediately before the announcement he waited with the expectation that "The number of tourists from foreign countries will also increase if a star is attached". Michelin listed up about 300 restaurants in Yokohama beforehand. It was said that the undercover investigators did the visit repeatedly last year. A manager from Chinatown said "The investigators seemed to have come to about 20 restaurants to eat", and certainly there seemed to have an investigation. This manager went on analyzing that "the cause of failure" was that "luxury stores in the Chinatown were mostly mega stores, Michelin liked that; and noticeable chef's face in medium and small-sized scale shops was not many". The Chinatown was a tourist spot with about 20 million people a year visiting from the inside and outside the country. Another person related to the Chinatown pointed out the change of the town , saying that "The number of shops of all-you-can-eat increases recently, and there are lots of established business houses (old shop with standing) being closed". ｢The clientele that individual shops aim at is different. All shops are not aiming at Michelin. ｣
There was a positive voice, too. Mr Zhong Shangzhi the managing director of a long-established old shop "The Guangdong Restaurant" was modest to the end, saying that "It was not thought that it had reached the level of star". It was said ｢I think about making service improvement up to star level as the target. Based on the result of this year, if doing your best, one could be chosen from the Chinatown next year｣. As for "Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe" edition announced in October, the shop "Nanjing-cho" in Chinatown of Kobe was not chosen either.
The disappointment of Chinatown restaurant owners was understandable. Star means business.