Riders chug on Nagasaki beer tram

Jul 11, 2014

Riders chug on Nagasaki beer tram

Nagasaki Electric Tramway Co. is again offering passengers the chance to down a beer while enjoying the city’s landscape from the safety of a specially designed electric tram. The annual service by the private streetcar operator is ¥3,000 for a 90-minute ride. With counter ...

Jul 10, 2014

Beer, quasi-beer shipments drop in first half

Shipments of beer and related drinks fell 1.2 percent in the first half to a record low of 196.85 million cases compared with the previous year, largely as a result of wet or chilly weather, data released by the five major breweries said Thursday. ...

Belgian beer, food and music

Jul 2, 2014

Belgian beer, food and music

by Sei Dickinson

Who doesn’t enjoy a frosty cold beer in the hot weather? This weekend you can drink to your heart’s content, while enjoying a little culture at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Yamashita Park. You may be surprised to hear that Belgium has more than ...

Any publicity is good news for beer firms

| Jun 21, 2014

Any publicity is good news for beer firms

by Philip Brasor

At a Tokyo news conference on June 4, Sapporo Beer President Masaki Oga announced his company would halt sales of its Goku Zero alcoholic beverage after current inventory was shipped. The parent company, Sapporo Holdings, had been contacted by the National Tax Agency in ...

Beer sales take limited tax-hike hit

May 14, 2014

Beer sales take limited tax-hike hit

Shipments of beer and related brewed drinks fell by 21 percent in April compared with a year earlier, to 29.4 million cases, data showed Wednesday. It was the biggest decline for any month since records began, in 1992, and it was the weakest ever ...

'Abenomics' no help to breweries

Feb 24, 2014

'Abenomics' no help to breweries

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies help manufacturers such as Toyota Motor Corp. rack up record profits, challenges to his reforms are showing up in a more mundane spot: the outlook for beer. Brewers in Japan face an April sales tax increase, stagnant wages ...

Black ink flows for three breweries

Feb 18, 2014

Black ink flows for three breweries

Three of Japan’s four major brewers reported year-on-year increases in consolidated operating profits in 2013, according to their financial statements released by Monday. Suntory Holdings Ltd. and Asahi Group Holdings Co. marked record sales, operating profits and net profits thanks to brisk sales of ...