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“Manual” created by bureaucrats on how to handle FM Motegi

  • October 18, 2019
  • , Shukan Asahi , p. 19
  • JMH Translation

[Below is an except from a “manual” created by bureaucrats on how to handle Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.]



Motegi likes noodles (particularly ramen), bread and sandwiches (particularly club sandwiches), hamburgers, hot dogs, and pastries more than rice. He prefers meat (including mutton and horse meat) to fish. He likes spicy food.

He does not like simmered foods, vinegared foods, sesame tofu, caviar, salmon sandwiches, hard breads (such as bagels and French bread), food dressed with thick starchy sauces, shark fin, hiyashi chuka [cold Chinese noodles with bits of meat and vegetables], Nagasaki champon [ramen in a creamy lard-based broth with fried pork slices, seafood, and vegetables], watermelon, melon (except for Yubari melon), Japanese confectioneries, Western confectioneries [except for pastries].

He often eats breakfast for about 30-45 minutes most likely between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at a hotel restaurant. The person in charge should notify the restaurant in advance so that the minister is not stopped by the headwaiter at the entrance.

When he does not eat breakfast at a restaurant, the person in charge should bring such food items as pastries (Danish pastries, etc.), yogurt, and fruit (bananas, etc.) from the restaurant to Motegi’s room. (When ordering room service) orders should be made in a timely manner so that the noodles do not become too soft or too hard.


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