‘Not soulless blocks of rice’: the secret world of Japan’s robot sushi chefs

Cutting-edge technology is helping food chains reach the holy grail of flawless, contactless, low-budget dining

The secret behind the hi-tech future of sushi lies in an unremarkable building in the backstreets of Osaka.

Inside, empty plastic cups and plates adorned with scrunched-up wet paper – to replicate the weight and texture of scallops – make their way along a conveyer belt.

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