How do you smuggle eels?

Q: How do you smuggle eels?
A: In my trousers?

eel-smuggling japan

Actually these baby eels are properly called “elvers”—and like Elvis they are mysteriously disappearing in alien abductions.
The problem is that eels are a lot like Japanese people today–they refuse to breed in Japan. Eels in Japan are in a serious decline but the Japanese public’s desire to eat eel has increased…so the Japanese smuggle eels to cheaper-to-run Chinese eel farms.

Also check out the previous 3Yen reports on Japanese eel crisis:
‘Surging Eel soda’ to beat the summer heat in Japan
‘My Japanese hovercraft is full of eels’
Mysterious spawning site of Japanese elvers (eels) revealed!
Eat my eel!

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