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OSAKA — Major sake brewers, hit hard by the decline in domestic demand amid the recession, are expanding overseas production in hopes of cashing in on a Japanese food boom abroad.

Such major brewers as Takara Shuzo Co. and Gekkeikan Sake Co. of Kyoto, and Ozeki Corp. of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, began production in the United States about 20 years ago.

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