A sake brewery in Fukui Prefecture is looking to bring the taste of rice wine to Israel to strengthen relations with a prefecture that has strong historical links to the Jewish nation, links that date back to the 1940s.

Jewish refugees passed through Fukui Prefecture after fleeing Europe with transit visas issued by Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who served as Vice Consul at the Consulate in Lithuania during World War II.

"I'll be glad if the people of Israel can enjoy the taste of Born sake, and I hope this will lift their interest in Japan," said Atsuhide Kato of the Kato Kichibee Shoten, producer of a series of special sake brews from Sabae, Fukui Prefecture. Born is a flagship product in its line-up.