–This week in Japan Today news, serving whale in the U.S can cost time in federal prison than enjoying the meat in Japan.
Two Japanese chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a Southern California restaurant that has since closed.
The chefs served it as whale sushi to activists posing as customers at The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica.
City News Service reports Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda pleas guilty to conspiracy and other charges involving meat from endangered sea whales. Each faces up to three years in federal prison, along with fines and community service.
The restaurant closed in 2010, but its parent company, Typhoon Restaurant Inc., still faces federal charges.
The importer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge earlier.