When you have that overwhelming craving for a negitoro roll and some hamachi nigri, you most likely don’t have to look very hard to find a place to satisfy that hunger. Whether that maki and nigri is prepared to the standards of Japanese sushi masters probably isn’t the case.
The Japanese government is tired of sad overseas maki and nigri giving sushi a bad name and is launching a new certification program in hopes of bringing sushi around the world to a place of better training and quality. The certification program will involve sushi student chefs going to Japan to immerse themselves in Japanese food culture and fish handling, as well as presentation and standards of service.
"By enhancing their understanding of washoku, we hope to raise the quality of (Japanese) restaurants overseas and expand exports of Japanese farm products and seasonings," an official for Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry told the Japan Times .