Tag - alcohol



Buildings in the Shibuya district of Tokyo on May 2
Jun 17, 2024
Ban on nighttime drinking around Shibuya Station passed by ward
The ordinance, an extension of measures at Halloween and New Year, comes into effect Oct. 1 and carries no penalties.
Kirin's acquisition of Fancl will enable more "flexible and drastic measures” to integrate the two companies and maximize their corporate values, Kirin said in a statement.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 14, 2024
Kirin to buy Fancl for ¥220 billion in shift away from beer
The move comes as Japan’s alcohol companies try to rely less on their original products for revenue.
A large sign against Halloween gatherings is displayed outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo on Oct. 28 last year.
Jun 6, 2024
Shibuya and Shinjuku crack down on street drinking
Both areas in Tokyo have been grappling with issues related to drinking in public following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suntory Holdings, seeking to expand abroad, is tapping the dollar debt market.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 5, 2024
Whiskey maker Suntory sells $500 million bond in rare deal
Proceeds from the Jim Beam owner’s five-year note will be used for general corporate purposes.
Fans watch a training session during the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris on May 25.
May 31, 2024
Players react as French Open bans alcohol in crackdown on unruly fans
After the French Open banned fans from drinking alcohol in the stands on Thursday to clamp down on inappropriate behavior, Iga Swiatek was told by a rival player "she cannot complain" about noise occurring during her matches.
A customer uses a mobile phone at a contactless payment terminal in a pub in London. As with so many other industries, technology has been a primary driver of the change.
WORLD / Society
May 10, 2024
American-style tipping is testing British pub culture
Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, account for more than 90% of tipping across the country.
An <i>awamori</i> distillery in Okinawa Prefecture. Shipments of the rice spirit in 2023 dropped more than 50% from their peak in 2004.
May 3, 2024
Okinawa's rice spirit industry seeks rebrand amid falling shipments
Producers are seeking to devise new marketing strategies to make awamori appealing to both young consumers and international markets.
Cans of Asahi Super Dry beer move on the production line inside an Asahi Breweries plant in Moriya, Ibaraki Prefecture, in April 2023.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 1, 2024
With U.S. push, Asahi aims to sate evolving tastes
The drink-maker is placing its “premium” offerings and low-alcohol and nonalcoholic beverages front and center in a bid to differentiate itself.
The Japan Spirits and Liqueurs Makers Association has brought in a new definition for Japanese whiskies, officially in use from Monday in an industry push to deter foreign-made imposters.
Apr 1, 2024
New Japanese whisky rules aim to deter imposters
Japan has over 100 distilleries, whose whisky has commanded global respect since the early 2000s.
California’s share of U.S. wine production, around 90% in the 1990s and 2000s, dropped below 80% for the first time on record in 2022.
Mar 27, 2024
Who will save the U.S. wine industry? Not California boomers.
California’s share of U.S. wine production, around 90% in the 1990s and 2000s, dropped below 80% for the first time on record in 2022.
As early as this month, Kirin Holdings will start selling Kirin Hyoketsu Lemon in barrels to some restaurants through an Australian subsidiary. Each barrel will contain 49.5 liters of the beverage.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 25, 2024
Kirin sending chūhai barrels Down Under
Australian restaurants and bar will be the first to receive barrels of Kirin Hyoketsu Lemon outside Japan following strong sales of the canned variety.
Despite Japan's still-nascent domestic winemaking scene, wine drinkers in the country have long enjoyed an obsession with obtaining certifications around the beverage.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 17, 2024
What’s driving Japan’s love affair with wine certifications?
Studying wine is an extremely popular pastime in Japan — despite the number of students without a professional need to do so.
Two of the country’s four major makers of alcoholic beverages are reportedly going to stop releasing new products with alcohol content of 8% or more, citing health concerns.
Mar 10, 2024
Japan asks when a stiff drink is a bit too stiff
Two of the country’s four major makers have taken the unusual step of retreating from a lucrative and growing market: strong premixed drinks.
Asahi Group Holdings chief executive Atsushi Katsuki
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 26, 2024
Asahi eyes overseas acquisitions to quadruple sales of Super Dry beer
Spurred on by the need to seek growth outside of the shrinking home market, Japanese firms went on an overseas buying spree worth ¥8.1 trillion last year.
The health ministry has adopted its first guidelines on alcohol consumption to raise awareness of its health risks.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 19, 2024
Japan draws up guidelines on alcohol consumption
The guidelines set out the amount of alcohol consumed that raises the risk of developing diseases, in a bid to encourage people to drink in moderation.
Canned ready-to-drink cocktails, including Asahi Breweries' 9% Clear Cooler Strong chūhai produced in conjunction with Seven & I Holdings, at a 7-Eleven store in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Tuesday
Feb 13, 2024
Asahi calls time on new strong chūhai amid low-alcohol shift in Japan
New versions of the canned fizzy cocktails with alcohol content of 8% or higher will not be launched in order to “reduce inappropriate drinking.”
Bottled and canned cocktails are predicted to be worth $21.1 billion (about ¥3 trillion) in the U.S. alone by 2027.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 31, 2023
Are canned cocktails poised for a meteoric U.S. rise?
The bottled and canned cocktail market is predicted to be worth $21.1 billion (about ¥3 trillion) in the U.S. alone by 2027.
What's old in Tokyo libations is new again at Heiwa Doburoku Kabutocho Brewery, where sake's cloudy, rustic predecessor takes center stage.
LIFE / Food & Drink / Kanpai Culture
Dec 24, 2023
At 2023’s close, Tokyo bars enter a new golden age
This year’s cocktail trends offer a spirit-forward reflection on the past as well as glimpses of the future.
A pint is poured inside the Grapes public house in Limehouse, south London, on Dec. 14. Pubs have served Roman soldiers, knights and poets, and have been a gathering place for communities to enjoy a brew beside a crackling fire for centuries.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 20, 2023
Last orders? British pubs hit by rising costs and changing tastes
High inflation, energy bills and business rates are cutting into increasingly stretched earnings, as many find other ways to spend time and money.
A pharmacist holds a box of Novo Nordisk A/S Wegovy brand semaglutide medication.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 7, 2023
Can Wegovy fight alcoholism? For Big Pharma, this isn’t a priority
Reluctance underscores reasons why no new treatment has been approved for alcoholism in nearly 20 years.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan