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Japan wants its young people to drink more

  • The National Tax Agency in Japan is holding a contest asking those aged 20-39 to share business ideas for increasing alcohol demand among young people.
  • The campaign, called “Sake Viva!”, hopes to make drinking more desirable.
  • Participants have until the end of September to submit their ideas, the best of which will be developed and presented in November.
  • According to the campaign’s website, Japan’s alcohol industry is declining due to the country’s aging population.

To boost its alcohol industry and economy, the National Tax Agency in Japan is holding a contest for participants to design alluring business proposals that will increase alcohol demand among the younger generation.

According to the “Sake Viva!” campaign’s website, the alcohol market in Japan is declining due to a significant factor: the older demographic of the country’s population. Drinking habits altered by the COVID-19 pandemic are also listed as a cause for the decline in alcohol sales.

Tiger mom makes her 22-year-old daughter take breathalyzer test every time she comes home at night

  • A strict mother from Zhengzhou, Henan Province, went viral on Chinese social media for giving her 22-year-old daughter, surnamed Jin, a breathalyzer test whenever she comes home at night to ensure she is not drinking alcohol.
  • The widely shared Weibo video shows the mother waiting near the front door of their home when Jin walks in.
  • “My strict upbringing does not allow me to come home after 10 p.m., or even grabbing a drink before getting married,” Jin explains in the video.
  • Jin also shares that she is afraid of how her strict mother will react if she ever fails her breathalyzer test.
  • The viral video ignited discussion among Weibo users, with one user saying that Jin’s situation was “oppressive.” Other users, however, showed support for the mother’s strict parenting.

A strict Chinese mother recently went viral on social media for making her daughter take breathalyzer tests when she returns home at night to ensure she is not drinking alcohol.

The widely shared video, which was posted on Weibo last week, shows the mother waiting near the front door of their home in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, as her 22-year-old daughter, identified by her surname Jin, walks in.

Japanese man loses USB drive containing personal info of 460,000 residents after drunken night out

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  • A Japanese man lost two USB sticks containing the personal information of nearly half a million residents after a night out.
  • After spending several hours drinking at a restaurant, the man passed out on the street and awoke to find that his bag and USB sticks were missing.
  • The flash drives contained personal information including names, birth dates, home addresses, bank account numbers and tax details.
  • The USB sticks were recovered on Friday outside an apartment building.

Following a night out drinking and passing out on the street, a Japanese man woke up to find that his bag containing two USB sticks with the personal information of nearly half a million residents went missing.

On Tuesday evening, the unnamed man, said to be in his 40s, spent several hours drinking at a local restaurant in Suita of northern Osaka, Japan, shortly before passing out on the street. When the man regained consciousness, he found that his bag and USB sticks were missing, reported NHK per BBC. 

An extremely rare Japanese whisky once sold for $795,000 is now being offered again for $60,000

Yamazaki 55 gets international release

Renowned Japanese whisky maker Suntory is gifting the world with its oldest release yet but at a much higher price than when it was initially released in Japan. 

A taste of history: The Yamazaki 55, the oldest single malt Japanese whisky release in House of Suntory’s history, has a “deep amber color; robust aroma redolent of sandalwood and well-ripened fruit; sweet, slightly bitter and woody palate; and slightly bitter yet sweet and rich finish,” according to a press release.

‘Asian Glow’ May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Suggests

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Individuals who often drink alcohol and then experience facial redness following consumption (aka “Asian glow”) may be more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.

A research team at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that the redness, caused by a mutation in mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2), increases damage in cells in mice and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Vietnamese Man Pu‌m‌ped With 15 ‌Cans of B‌eer to Save His L‌i‌fe From A‌lcohol ‌Po‌‌i‌so‌‌ning

A man from Vietnam who was ‌d‌‌y‌‌‌i‌n‌g‌ from alcohol p‌oiso‌n‌ing was reportedly saved by doctors after p‌um‌ping 15 cans of ‌be‌er into his stomach.

The man, identified as 48-year-old Nguyen Van Nhat, was rushed to a h‌o‌‌‌s‌p‌i‌t‌a‌l in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri after he was found uncons‌cious on December 25, according to Newsweek. M‌ed‌ical staff at the General Ho‌s‌pi‌tal’s Int‌en‌sive C‌are Unit, led by Dr. Le Van Lam, immediately pu‌m ped three cans of beer into him to slow the liver’s processing of me‌thanol, a dan‌gero‌us type of al‌coh‌ol, to give doctors time to sa‌ve his lif‌e.

Make Your Own Saké with a $180 Brewing Kit


Technology has advanced so much that most things that used to be complicated, can now be done with relative ease.

Saké, the popular rice wine from Japan, understandably takes a certain amount of skill and a lot of work to make. Often performed in highly controlled environments, every step in the multiple parallel fermentation of rice is strictly regulated.