Busted: Japan opened first human meat restaurant in Tokyo? It’s fake news!

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Tokyo has allegedly become home to the first restaurant in the world to legally offer human meat on the menu. However, the fact-checking crew over at Snopes have debunked this claim after tracing its origins to a spoof article by a Spanish satirical site.

Even Okd2, claiming to be a satirical site, with its usual “Humor & Satire” tag for its ‘satire’ articles, failed to tag this meat resto story as ‘satirical’ and tagged it instead as ‘social news.’

The story has become viral that Snopes had to clarify it to avoid further confusion and panic.

According to Snopes, a Japanese restaurant with a Japanese name that roughly translates to “Edible Brother” has started operating and offering human flesh on the menu for US $1,193. The first customer was said to have been an Argentine tourist, who commented on how eating human eat was simply like eating pork, especially since the Japanese restaurant cooked it well with spices.


The story further claimed that a Japanese law passed in 2014 has approved the consumption of human meat. And the source? It claimed that there were young people who would choose to sell their bodies of 30,000 euros of $35,799 and leave the money to the surviving family. When they sign the contract with the restaurant, they have to follow a special diet to ensure that their bodies will later be suitable for consumption.

This is the viral article that Snopes showed:

“But as far as the ambition and the aberration of the Japanese have come, to go so far as to eat their neighbor. In the city of Tokyo (Japan) the first restaurant in the world that legally offers human meat was inaugurated.

A scary restaurant nicknamed “The Resoto ototo no shoku ryohin”, which means in English “Edible Brother”, opened its doors to the Japanese public and from all over the world, where it offers its customers a varied menu where prices vary from 100 up to 1000 euros, that is to say the dish with human flesh, more expensive would be 1193 US dollars.

International news sources have reported that a tourist from the country of Argentina, was the first man to eat human flesh in the “Edible Brother”.

This diner I think the following: “It seems like eating pork, in this restaurant they cook the meat with spices, so the taste goes unnoticed.”

In Japan since 2014 a law was approved that allows the consumption of human flesh, obviously conserving conditions such as the sanitary level of this and the origin. However, there is no doubt that at least 99% of the world population would not agree with these grotesque acts, so to speak.

And the question we all ask ourselves, how do they get the meat?

The people before dying decide to sell their bodies to the peculiar restaurant, approximately for about 30 thousand euros or 35,799 dollars, this is the balance that those interested can leave their families, logically they are the only ones who can claim the money.

Only people who die young can sign the contract, in which they are subject to a special diet, where the meat is suitable for consumption.

And would you be willing to sell your body to be consumed after your death?

Snopes has pointed out, the story above used stilted English, which should have clued people in that it was merely a rough translation of an article that was written in another language. Snopes traced the origins of the story to a spoof article by the Spanish-language satire site La Voz Popular published on July 12, 2016.

The spoof article combined an April Fool’s joke back in 2016, which claimed that the Japanese government approved the business of a human flesh noodle shop, with photos that were taken to market the zombie video game Resident Evil 6.

Snopes even noted how this hoax was also debunked by Verne, a Mexican news site, that even asked a representative of the Embassy of Japan in Mexico. The representative did not know anything about the spread of the hoax but called it “completely absurd” and denied that a Japanese law has legalized human meat consumption.

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