Sunday, November 1, 2015

Use Of The Name of "Japanese Sake" Will Be Rigidly Controlled

There is a sake brewery in Seattle. The name of the brewery is Tomizawa-shuzo. After the nuclear accident in Fukushima in March, 2011, they moved with sake yeast "Shirafuji" to Seattle where the environment is similar to that of Fukushima and restarted sake-making there. However, such sake breweries serving overseas may become unable to call their sake "Japanese sake".

Japanese government indicated a policy of protecting Japanese sake as a geographical indication within this year. Then, refined sake which is brewed in Japan using domestic rice only is admitted to call "Japanese sake".

In the same way, "Japanese wine" will be also limited to use for the wine made in Japan from domestic grapes. This will come into force 3 years later.

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