• Kyodo News


China remained the world’s largest beer consumer in 2007 for the fifth straight year, while Japan fell to seventh place from sixth in 2006 due to a shrinking population of younger people and increasingly diverse consumer tastes, Kirin Holdings Co. said Thursday.

Beer consumption in China last year jumped 11.8 percent from 2006 to 39.13 million kiloliters, whereas Japan’s consumption dipped 0.3 percent to 6.28 million kiloliters, the Tokyo-based brewery said.

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