Sake to Support Disaster Areas Unveiled at Tokyo Event

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--"Kizunamai Reiwa," a sake product made from rice from 123 regions in Japan's 47 prefectures with the goals of helping disaster-hit areas and revitalizing regions, was unveiled at an event in Tokyo on Monday.

Sales of the sake will support areas such as those in northeastern Japan affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The event was sponsored by 229 "shinkin" banks nationwide, with Tokyo-based Johnan Shinkin Bank serving as secretariat.

During the event, disaster reconstruction minister Kazunori Tanaka and others participated in a "kagami biraki" sake barrel-opening ritual.

A 500-milliliter bottle of the sake sells for 2,200 yen.

Also available at the event, a 720-mililiter bottle of "kisho," a "shochu" distilled spirits product that includes rice produced in the eight prefectures of Hokkaido, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Okayama, Hiroshima, Ehime and Kumamoto, sells for 2,000 yen.

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