01 Jan '18, 4am

Fukushima looks to top-tier sake to beat stigma, lift economy

Fukushima looks to top-tier sake to beat stigma, lift economy

In an area of Japan still devastated by a nuclear disaster, sake is giving cause for hope. For the past five years, the sake brewers of Fukushima, on a two-decade quest to develop premium products, have captured the most gold medals in a key national competition and have won numerous international awards. Drinkers worldwide have noticed the rising quality, with the result that sake exports from Fukushima have more than doubled since 2012. Now the prefectural government and local brewers are promoting their success. The hope is that Fukushima's championship sake — made from local rice and water — will serve as a symbol of the safety of local agricultural and fishery products and of the prospects for the prefecture's broader revival. "If we can show that Fukushima makes the best sake in the world, surely we can overcome the stigma," said Hiroyuki Karahashi, the president of ...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/fukushima-looks-to-t...

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