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Nakazawa is the second restaurant going into the The Trump International Hotel. The high-end, omakase-style sushi bar modeled off its New York sister restaurant Sushi Nakazawa earned four stars from New York Times critic Pete Wells.
Though owned by Alessandro Borgognone, the restaurant is in the hands of Daisuke Nakazawa, who trained under Jiro Ono of Jiro Dreams of Sushi fame for 11 years.
The Post reports that Nakazawa ownership says the current political climate has nothing to do with how the restaurant will run its business. The problem is that despite an all-smiles meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this month, President-elect Donald Trump has uttered a litany of negative things about Japan and its people.
For starters, in August he expressed displeasure with the treaty that says if Japan is attacked, the U.S. must come to its aid (but if the U.S. is attacked, the same doesn’t apply). “You know we have a treaty with Japan, where if Japan is attacked, we have to use the full force and might of the United States,” Trump said. “If we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to do anything. They can sit home and watch Sony television, okay?”
He also tried on an offensive accent to mock Asians while discussing Japan and China.
And don’t forget about the time he disqualified Miss Japan and Miss Philippines from competing in the Miss Universe Pageant because the women were of mixed race.
He even used racial slurs back in 1989. In a Time article regarding his total net worth, Trump said: “Who the f knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?”
You get the point.
Chefs Geoffrey Zakarian and José Andrés both pulled out of restaurant projects at the hotel based on comments the president-elect made about immigrants.