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Refined sake production volume in Japan FY 2008-2017

In fiscal year 2017, the production volume of refined rice wine (sake) in Japan decreased to a record low of around 411 million liters. Major domestic sake manufacturers include Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Co., Ltd., Gekkeikan Sake Co., Ltd. and Takara Holdings Inc.

Trade of Japanese sake

Japan is well known for its strict regulations in the production of high-quality sake, bringing a much sought-after product to the export market. Domestically produced rice wine accounted for the second highest export volume of alcoholic beverages from Japan, outperforming other major products like liqueur, whisky or wine.
The major export destinations of rice wine included the United States and large liquor markets close to the Japanese archipelago like South Korea, China or Taiwan.

Liquor market in Japan

Liquor in Japan encompasses a number of brewed, distilled and fermented alcoholic beverages. While sake has a long history within the Japanese drinking tradition, the most popular alcoholic beverage among consumers was beer. In recent years, beer emerged as a staple product in the domestic liquor production, accounting for a quarter of the alcoholic beverage output in the country.

Production volume of refined sake in Japan from fiscal year 2008 to 2017

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

fiscal year 2008 to 2017; the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year

Supplementary notes

Figures prior to 2015 have been collected from earlier publications.
Values have been rounded.

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