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. ...

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 ...

Another court balks at voiding July poll

Dec 6, 2013

Another court balks at voiding July poll

The Sapporo High Court ruled Friday that the disparity in the weight of votes in July’s Upper House election was “in a state of unconstitutionality” but dismissed a demand that the result in the Hokkaido race be nullified. It was the third ruling among ...

Treats galore in summertime Sapporo

Aug 31, 2013

Treats galore in summertime Sapporo

by Mandy Bartok

I barely recognize Sapporo’s Odori Park clothed in its summer coat of flowers. The last time I journeyed north to Hokkaido, this dozen-block strip of land running straight as a die through the middle of its capital city was sporting massive artistic creations fashioned ...