Japan’s National Police Agency and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency have teamed up for a promotional blitz on the dangers associated with mochi. Photo: Shutterstock

In Japan, delicious mochi are a New Year tradition – as are warnings about how deadly they are

  • The authorities have issued their annual promotional blitz on the dangers associated with the rice cakes, which can be a serious choking hazard
  • In 2015, nine people died, 128 were hospitalised and 18 people were reported to be in a ‘serious’ condition after eating mochi
Topic |   Japan
Japan’s National Police Agency and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency have teamed up for a promotional blitz on the dangers associated with mochi. Photo: Shutterstock
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