Japan is facing an unthinkable crisis that’s set to change the country forever and the rest of the world can only look on in horror. We’re powerless to stop this disaster. This is most disturbing and it makes you pleased to be living in a stable country like Australia.

 McDonalds in Japan is running out of french fries.  I know…it’s difficult to comprehend.

Stop for a moment and imagine McDonalds without fries.  Happy meals are set to become sad and angry meals overnight.

The Japanese are beside themselves as you imagine.  They’re already had a tough year.  They’ve had a butter shortage in Japan.  There’s been a number of political crises…and now this.

So how are they dealing with it ?   Well tough times call for tough measures.  As brutal as it may sound, as of now, you cannot supersize the french fry aspect of your meal at McDonalds in Japan.  Indeed, it’s my understanding that you can only order small fries. This is outrageous !french fries

So why the shortage ?  Well, I’m told it’s about  Labor disputes at US West Coast ports that are holding up shipments. As a consequence, only 55 per cent of the monthly average volume of french fries is being shipped to Japan in December. Perhaps it’s time for nations to consider producing their own McDonalds fries so as not to be held to ransom in this fashion.

There is an announcement in red letters on the fast-food chain’s Japanese Web site. What does it say ?  I don’t have a single clue cos it’s in Japanese….but I’m told that it alerts customers to the difficulty of procuring stable supplies of french fries.

I’m reliably informed that the website says this.

“This is a measure we’ve decided to take because we might run out of fries. We apologise to customers for the inconvenience”

So what of the meal deals ? Well, they all come with small fries and you’ll get a 40 cent discount.

McDonalds in Japan have courageously not placed a limit on how many small orders of fries an individual customer can purchase.  It could get crazy.

The Maccas french fry crisis is expected to ease in January.