Sake from nuke disaster-hit Fukushima rated high in local contestWorld | 17 May 2019 6:59 pm
Twenty-two brands of sake from Fukushima prefecture in northeastern Japan have won top prizes in an annual national sake contest. The figure is the highest in the country for a seventh straight year.
Judges evaluated the aroma and taste of over 850 brands in this year's contest, NHK reports. A local Fukushima newspaper issued extra editions announcing the achievement.
Fukushima Tourism Promotion Bureau head Yasuji Miyamura said high recognition of Fukushima sake gives hope to local people and breweries who've faced hard times after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear plant disaster.
In January this year, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a sales pitch for sake produced in Fukushima. At the Japan Night event in Davos, Abe pitched Yamato no Kokoro, produced in Fukushima’s Aizuwakamatsu from rice that his wife, Akie, grew in Yamaguchi Prefecture, where his electoral home district is located, Japan Times reported.