Are the Moonies and Japan headed for a new Clash of Civilizations?
Let's put three stories about seafood -- two new and one old but not well known -- together and see what shakes out.
I'm a huge sushi fan (all left-gatekeepers drink lattÃƒÂ© and eat sushi) so I was troubled, to say the least, to learn that every time I bite into a deliciously slimy bit of uni I am, in all likelihood, throwing money at wacky cultist and right-wing propagandist Sun Myung Moon:
In a remarkable story that has gone largely untold, Moon and his followers created an enterprise that reaped millions of dollars by dominating one of America's trendiest indulgences: sushi.
Adhering to a plan Moon spelled out more than three decades ago in a series of sermons, members of his movement managed to integrate virtually every facet of the highly competitive seafood industry. The Moon followers' seafood operation is driven by a commercial powerhouse, known as True World Group. It builds fleets of boats, runs dozens of distribution centers and, each day, supplies most of the nation's estimated 9,000 sushi restaurants.