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Japanese rice farmers jump onto burgeoning whisky bandwagon

They are planting barley - used to make malt for whisky production - after their rice and buckwheat harvests

Mr Akuto's whisky has been winning awards every year from 2007 to 2012. He is working with local farmers to establish a supply chain for a malting plant that he built in 2013.


JAPAN'S burgeoning whisky business is driving rice farmer Hiroshi Tsubouchi to hit the booze.

With domestic rice consumption sliding, Mr Tsubouchi, 36, said that he is getting on the whisky bandwagon - or, at least, switching to the barley used to make it. With Japanese...

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