Okinawa Ordinance Calls for Toasting with "Awamori" Liquor

Politics

Yonabaru, Okinawa Pref., July 9 (Jiji Press)--The town assembly of Yonabaru, Okinawa Prefecture, on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance calling for toasts to be given with "awamori" liquor made in the southern Japan prefecture.

Yonabaru is the first municipality that has adopted such an ordinance. Its ordinance was devised to reinvigorate the shrinking market for awamori.

Many other municipalities in Japan have similar toasting ordinances for locally made sake, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages, but not for awamori.

The Yonabaru ordinance, which took effect the same day, urges town government officials and local businesses to make efforts to promote toasting with "ryukyu awamori," or awamori certified as products made in Okinawa, while calling on local residents to cooperate with the initiative.

"We can't make it (toasting with awamori) compulsory, but we aim to pass on the traditional culture of ryukyu awamori to the next generation," Yonabaru Mayor Tsutomu Teruya said after the day's assembly meeting.

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