Saturday, November 5, 2016

Japan's Election Burgers

Tokyo burger chain lets diners choose between Clinton, Trump

The Asahi Shimbun   by KAZUTAKA ITO/ Staff Writer  November 5, 2016 

A burger chain in Tokyo offers two special sandwiches modeled after the major candidates in the U.S. presidential election. (Shiro Nishihata)

A burger chain in the Kanto region is letting Japanese and other customers cast “ballots” in the U.S. presidential election, but the votes won’t come cheap.

J.S. Burgers Cafe, which operates 12 outlets in Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture, is offering special sandwiches representing Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump until election day on Nov. 8 in the United States.

The “Mrs. Burger” is modeled on hot dogs sold in Chicago, where Clinton is from. The sandwich contains sausages, as well as pickles and bell peppers to give it a more healthy twist.

The “Mr. Burger” uses pastrami as a topping on the patty. The pastrami stems from the Reuben sandwich that is considered a specialty of New York, where Trump is from.

Both burgers cost a whopping 1,380 yen ($13.40), tax exclusive.

Any customer who buys either of the burgers will be given a “ballot” that can be cast in boxes set up at the outlets.

The company plans to announce the results of its “election” on Nov. 9 through the Instagram social networking website. The winning “Presidential Burger” will be offered until Dec. 26.

According to an official with Tokyo-based Baycrew’s Co., which operates the burger chain, some customers preferred the taste of Mr. Burger, but they couldn’t stomach the thought of casting a ballot for Trump so they voted for Clinton instead.

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