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Sake's overseas appeal grows as Japan market dries up

Exports have doubled in the past decade to some 18,180 kilolitres

"We cannot easily go abroad to explain what sake is all about, so by doing this (tours) at our brewery I hope visitors will get a better understanding of its value," says Mr Ozawa at his brewery (above).
The small establishment has recently drawn interest from potential new customers in Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea, on top of a coterie of existing ones in the United States, France and Singapore.

Ome, Japan

OZAWA Shuzo brewery hums with activity as boxed bottles of sake are loaded onto trucks. But with the domestic market shrinking, more and more of it is bound for burgeoning overseas markets where the centuries-old drink is all the rage.

The small establishment has