JAPAN TO ISSUE NEW SAKE PRODUCTION LICENCES TO MEET OVERSEAS DEMANDS
By Susan Lewis
The Japanese government is planning to issue new licences for Sake productions intending for export amid growing popularity of the drink overseas, the Jiji Press reported.
Quoting informed government sources, the Japanese news agency said the ruling Liberal Democratic Party hope to expand Sake exports by partially lifting the restrictions on Sake production in the new fiscal year.
Japan has a Sake production licensing scheme to limit the number of producers. The system aims to avoid overproduction leading a glut in the domestic market.
Under the current rules, only Sake makers with annual production capacity of over 600 hectoliters can be qualified for a licence.
With the rapidly increasing popularity of Sake in overseas markets, it is said that the Japanese government believed time is ripe for a partial lifting of this restriction.
The ruling party is reported to be planning to issue new licences to small Sake producers to allow them to make Sake just for export markets.
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