Alcohol

Changes to beer and wine taxation planned in 2016

The government coalition is planning to change taxation rates on alcoholic beverages in its tax reform bill for 2016. Currently taxes on wine and Japanese sake are 1.5 higher than lower alcohol beverages. The proposal is designed to make the taxation rates between various kinds of spirit more uniform. It is expected that taxes for low-alcoholic beverages, such as low-malt beer will go up, while regular beer, wine and Japanese sake will see lower rates. 

Report: The Japanese Wine Market

About the Report

This report by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation analyses recent trend in the Japanese wine market. In particular, it discusses the recent surge in growth in Japan's domestic wine market since 2010, as well as the division of the Japanese wine market between traditional high-end European producers, "new world" producers (i.e. Chile) and Central and Eastern European producers. This report also evaluates the potential for further growth within this promising sector.

About Food & Beverage

Japan’s status as a cultural superpower is perhaps best exemplified by the global popularity of Japanese cuisine.

Alcohol

The Japanese liquor market is one of the largest in the world with estimated annual sales of 4 trillion yen and growing consumption in several categories.

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