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CanBot! It’s a Robot…Disguised as a Beer Can!

This Japanese guy decided to make a robot out of a Kirin Tanrei Happoshu can!(Guess it’s better than drinking the stuff!) Pretty cool, (in a very geeky otaku way). He’s even hooked it up so it can be controlledby a Wii controller!


Japanese Brewers Give Up on Happoshu

Ok, this news is a little bit old, as the Daily Yomiuri reported it back in January, but I’ve been busy and not had time to put this post up. Basically it seems that some of the major Japanese brewers, Suntory and Sapporo to be precise, are essentially stopping their production of Happoshu (low-malt beers). […]


Recession Hits Japanese Newspapers – No Free “Real” Beer This Year

Update Notice : Looks like I spoke too soon with this post…check the update at the end for what arrived the following day. Last year when my wife re-subscribed to the Asahi Shinbun, we received a free case of Asahi Super Dry. When she re-subscribed for this year, she requested to receive Kirin (there was […]


Top 5 Japanese Happoshus

Ok, this is my top 5 Japanese happoshus. Happoshu in Japan is a low-malt beer, kind of like a fake beer to get round the Japanese tax laws that increase as the amount of malt in a “beer” increase. To find out more about this quirk in Japanese alcohol taxes have a look at my […]


Daisan to Face a Tax Hike?

A recent report in the The Mainichi Daily News says that the Japanese government are considering upping the tax on Third-Category Beers (called Daisan) in order to bring their prices more in line with conventional beers and happoshus. In Japan the tax on “Malted” alcoholic drinks like beers depends on the percentage of malt in […]

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