A Few Questions on Alcohol Beverage Industry in Japan?

How are alcoholic beverages sold in Japan? Is it 3 tier, controlled, or franchise style system? Which way would be similiar? Who are the largest alcoholic beverage distributors in Japan? Any companies likes Diageo, Pernod, or Brown Forman work as a supplier or are they able to distribute spirits on their own? How would one go about lookng for employment with a company that specializes in spirits in Japan? Lots of questions - sorry - just not sure where to find the answers.

Asked By: rab2344 - 7/30/2008
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The Japanese system would be closest to a 3 tier system. There are separate government licenses for producers, distributors, and retailers of alcoholic beverages. Something like a brewpub is very rare in Japan. The largest businesses are probably the domestic producers such as Kirin, Suntory, and Asahi. There might be... More
Answered By: Leftcoast USA - 7/31/2008
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>Is it 3 tier, controlled, or franchise style system? Which way would be similiar... More
Answered By: thecheapest902 - 7/30/2008
First, the industry of providing alcohol is highly controlled by the government in Japan like many other countries because taxation from it was one of the main sources of income for the government... More
Answered By: Ponyo Ponyo - 7/30/2008
The top 4 Japanese brewery are Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory... More
Answered By: bluemoonmemory - 7/30/2008
Finding work in that industry for an American would be next to impossible. You would need to be able to speak, read and write Japanese at a native level. Not a whole lot of Americans can do this. Jobs like this will always go to a native Japanese first anyway... More
Answered By: 081517 - 7/30/2008
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