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Sake breweries disappear in Japan devastation

on 22/03/11 at 9:58 am

Booze News

As Japan continues to count the cost of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, the damage to the country’s ancient sake industry is becoming apparent.

Entire sake breweries have disappeared in the wake of the multiple disasters that rocked Japan over the past week.

On 11 March a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of the country, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake.

The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.

The destruction to the sake industry is by no means the worst that Japanese industries have suffered, but there has been extensive damage and some loss of life.

The worst-hit breweries are located in Miyagi prefecture, the epicenter of the earthquake, as well as in Iwate and Fukushima – the location of the seriously-damaged nuclear power plant.

{Full story via Decanter}

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