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Diners get sick at famous Japan restaurant

Associated Press Associated Press 22/06/2016

A Michelin-starred restaurant in Japan has closed temporarily after 14 people got food-poisoning on a fancy Japanese-style meal there, and an investigation into the cause is continuing.

The Kanagawa prefectural government said six men and eight women complained of diarrhoea and stomach pains after eating at Kita Kamakura Saryo Gentoan on June 11.

Their menu offerings included squid, jelly with sea urchin, pumpkin cooked with fish, eel and sweets, according to the prefecture.

A picturesque restaurant among the trees of Kamakura, a coastal town south of Tokyo, it is known for serving meals in quiet Japanese-style rooms.

It serves kaiseki, or small, multiple-course dishes, and has one star in the latest Michelin guide.

The restaurant closed on its own on June 14. The prefecture's closure order was lifted on Wednesday, although the cause of the food poisoning remains under investigation, prefecture official Takeshi Ishihara said.

No one answered the phone at the restaurant on Wednesday, and it wasn't clear when it would reopen.

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