MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) The image of Japan’s iconic drink has taken a knock following revelations of a scam operated by one of the country’s major sake breweries.

Bishonen Shuzoh Co. of Jonan, Kumamoto Prefecture, reportedly sent out high-grade rice for polishing and received back lower-grade rice that it used to make sake. It is further alleged that the firm received cash to make up the difference in rice quality.

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