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Sake Samurai Association launches earthquake appeal

Published:  23 March, 2011

The Japan Sake Brewers Association Junior Council (Sake Samurai Association) has established an appeal in order to help members affected by the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake and tsunami.

According to the association the most devastating damage was caused in breweries in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. There was much structural damage including water damage and loss of stock.

Hardest hit has been the prefecture of Miyagi, but the full extent of damage remains unknown due to continued communication problems.

It has been reported that a total of 24 breweries have been affected, but the figure is anticipated to be much higher once all the data has been collected.

Many sake makers and their staff are suffering from the disaster at various levels, but so far no loss of life has been reported.

The ongoing problems are are lack of oil to steam rice and to control temperatures also the inability to move products due to lack of fuel and transportation

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