Recently the Yomiuri News reported the following:
In Wakayama Prefecture, hygiene standards were not followed in all of 171 restaurants that were investigated.
Mr. Kawasaki the in charge of the prefecture's Food and Life Hygiene Section said ｢I am surprised that the result was 100%. There is no penalty regulations, and the prefecture is helpless. The Administration wants to hold some authority in order to be able to guide the situation in the future｣.
Roast meat storekeeper (57) in Wakayama City where the investigation was conducted did not conceal the feeling of being puzzled and said that ｢The standard in the country had not been learnt in the city. Because the standard is not clear, I do not understand what was bad｣.
In another roast meat shop a man (31) who came with a friend said ｢Many people have been eating raw meat up to now, isn't it. It is safe even if eaten, isn't it?｣, and with his head showing signs of confusion he said "It was unacceptable that many shops had not followed hygiene standards, but up to now the Administration had not carried out checking nor given out advice, I think it is puzzling".
I was in Wakayama prefecture a few weeks ago. I am surprised to learn that some hygienic regulations in the restaurants were not properly followed and monitored.