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Tokyo Declared World Culinary Capital by Michelin

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The Michelin Guide has bestowed a whole bunch of stars upon Tokyo restaurants, upping four restaurants to three-star status. Japan is now home to 26 three-star restaurants, as many as the Michelin guide's home base of France. Tokyo has fourteen triple-stars (as compared to ten in Paris), 54 two-stars and 198 one-stars.

Michelin Guide director Jean-Luc Naret would like you to put things in perspective, though: France has about 200,000 restaurants as compared to Japan's 500,000, so presumably that makes Japan's total star-count a little less impressive? Still, these new numbers are sure to provide those who argue that French cuisine is dead with additional fodder.

· Japan Now Neck-and-Neck With France in Culinary Prowess [WSJ]
· Japan's Restaurants Catch Frances as Michelin Adds Four Three-Star Venues [Bloomberg]
· All Michelin Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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