Chef Killed Over Meal: Why Did Customers Attack Miki Nozawa?

By iScienceTimes Staff on May 16, 2013 2:47 PM EDT

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Japanese chef Miki Nozawa was killed over a meal following a dispute in his restaurant on the island of Sylt. The men initially suspected in the attack were questioned by police and then released. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A Japanese chef was killed over a meal following a dispute about some noodles on the island of Sylt, in Germany.

After Miki Nozawa, 57, a Japanese chef known for his Japanese-Italian fusion dishes, served the two men fried noodles with vegetables and beef, the men became upset with how the meal was prepared. After unsuccessfully demanding their money back, the two men, aged 36 and 50, left the restaurant without paying.

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Later that night, Nozawa ran into the men at a local strip club. He recognized the men and demanded they give him 10 euros, which they refused to do. According to the German news site The Local, the two men then beat Nozawa so badly that he had to be taken to the hospital, where he was treated for brain injuries and internal bleeding. Nozawa died on Tuesday as a result of the injuries.

Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt, state prosecutor from nearby Flensburg, did not confirm reports that Nozawa was beaten so badly that one side of him was "one big purple bruise," as the German paper Bild reported. She did say that the men were likely drunk.

According to the Japan Times, the two men, reportedly skilled laborers, were detained by the police, but after questioning were released due to lack of evidence. The men are still being questioned on a voluntary basis.

You Nozawa, the chef's ex-wife, told German newspaper Sylter Rundschau that her ex-husband was not a violent man. According to a translation by the Huffington Post, You Nozawa said, "My ex-husband was not aggressive, absolutely good-natured man. He never would have started a fight."

"We have heard that the men wanted to get back their ten euros for the food. We see this as a racist act." She added. You Nozawa claimed that in the past, her ex-husband had been called derogatory terms for an Asian while working on the upscale German vacation island.

Nozawa's sister, who lives in Berlin, told the same German paper that something didn't feel right about the police not arresting the two men.

"It almost felt as if they would protect someone," she said. She begged employees of the bar strip club where Nozawa was beaten to come forward and give their accounts.

Miki Nozawa reportedly had some famous clients over the years, including Denzel Washington, Phil Collins and Mikhail Gorbachev. 

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