Justin McCurry “Last supper? Japan's diners divided over killer puffer fish” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/05/last-supper-japan-killer-puffer-fish-fugu
The 16th-century feudal warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi banned blowfish consumption among his soldiers, and similar nationwide bans stayed in place through the Edo period (1603-1868). Fugu is said to be the only fish Japan’s emperor is not allowed to eat.
Perhaps the most famous victim was the Kabuki actor and national living treasure Bando Mitsugoro VIII*2, who in 1975 died just over four hours after eating four servings of fugu liver, having convinced the chef that he had developed a natural resistance to the toxin’s crippling effects.