Japan may exempt foreign tourists from liquor tax

Aug 21, 2016

Japan may exempt foreign tourists from liquor tax

As part of the effort to boost regional economies, the Japan Tourism Agency plans to seek an exemption for domestically produced alcoholic drinks such as sake from the liquor tax when purchased by foreign tourists, agency officials said Saturday. The agency will call for ...

Tokyo serves up some frozen delights

Jul 22, 2016

Tokyo serves up some frozen delights

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Ice cream and gelato has been the go-to for cooling refreshments for centuries, evolving from the Romans eating fruit-juice flavored snow to the vanilla, chocolate chip and other popular dairy-rich products we see today. But who says we have to stick to the regular ...

'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education

Jul 6, 2016

'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education

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For decades, sake (or nihonshu for the majority of Japanese) didn’t really do it for the citizens of this archipelago. Cheap, ubiquitous and made from rice, it seemed too familiar — tacky even. Older people drank it at weddings, or swilled the stuff when ...

Mar 24, 2016

Flaws found in scientific case for moderate drinking

It is an irresistible headline: People who drink alcohol in moderation actually live longer than those who abstain entirely. Counterintuitive studies that show the purported benefits of a drink or two a day prompt flurries of bright news reports. You can hear the glasses ...

Young guns take aim at declining sake sales

Feb 26, 2016

Young guns take aim at declining sake sales

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Sake in Japan is undergoing an image makeover. It’s desperately trying to become one of the cool kids again. Currently the second-lowest consumed alcoholic beverage in the country — whiskey and brandy being the lowest — sake only has a 6.8 percent market share ...

Mie sake brewers vie to be tasted at G-7 banquet

Feb 12, 2016

Mie sake brewers vie to be tasted at G-7 banquet

As the Group of Seven summit that Japan will host in May in Mie Prefecture nears, local sake breweries are hoping the government will select their brand to be used for toasts during the banquet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will host at the two-day ...