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Suntory to buy Beam Inc. for $16 billion


Merger will make Suntory 3rd largest spirits brand in the world
Jan 14
// Brad Rice
Suntory is looking to grow into the world's third largest spirits brand with the planned purchase of Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark. The purchase is set to cost a whopping $16 billion. But for the Japanese ...
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Make sure your Japanese beer doesn't forget its top


Do people really like head on their beer?
Apr 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Call me old fashioned, but I come the school of thought where a carefully poured beer doesn't have much of a head on it. In fact, when you have a huge head on a beer, it can often mean it's low quality, or been poured by a t...
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Japanator drinks - Pepsi Salty Watermelon


Aug 12
// Eric Koziol
It's summer in Japan. That means it is hot, sticky, sweaty and time for watermelon. And since people go into the ocean, and the ocean has a lot of salt in it, the watermelon could be salty, you know? And there you have it, a ...

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The appearance of Haruhi Suzumiya... coffee!


Dec 13
// Chris Walden
Beverage giants Asahi have just announced that as of December 20th, they will start bundling Haruhi figures with special packages of Wonda Morning Shot coffee. You'll have to be quick in picking them up (or arranging a middle...
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Prepare to get jacked up on Evangelion energy drinks


Nov 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Gundam got to have their own energy drinks. I think it's about time Evangelion was to follow suit. In December you will be able to choose from 12 different Full Throttle drink bottles, each featuring one o...
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Drink your way to Madoka bliss at Lawson


Sep 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
Kyubey jacket? Yes please. Kyubey alarm clock? I'll take one too. Kyubey slippers? I'll take two pairs! Madoka soft drinks? I'll drink a whole freaking case. I wish you could see the sadness in my eyes when I read the it...
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Give me Gundam energy drinks


Sep 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
Just so you know, if someone puts Gundam on anything. I will buy it. Shirts, food, poo. I'll probably buy it. The new Gundam Original Label S.CUP energy drink is due out September 26th, and features some o...
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Calling all from the UK: Go to Kitacon 3.5!


Aug 28
// Chris Walden
Feel like having a charitable September? Well you're in luck fellow UK dwellers, as Kitacon 3.5 will be held in London on the 23rd for just such a purpose. Money will be raised in several ways, including a 'donate at the door...
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This summer your deserve the perfectly poured beer


May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Takara Tomy have come up with a fun way to make sure you are getting the most of of your favorite beer this summer. The device named Beer Hour has a small mixer in the top which allows drinkers to control beer agitation,...
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Fire up the Bro Signal: more Japanese izakaya closing


Feb 15
// Brad Rice
Japan has long had economic trouble since the bubble burst, but 20 years on, the latest economic downturn sucker-punched Japan once again. Japanese pubs, called "izakaya," are watering holes for salary men, offering cheap dri...
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Vertical licenses Princess Knight, Drops of God, and more


Jan 28
// Bob Muir
Our favorite boutique manga publishers at Vertical have announced a handful of new titles coming out later this year. First up is Princess Knight, another classic by the "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka. This story of Pr...
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Whatever happened to that 'Tentacle Grape' soda flavor?


Dec 30
// Josh Tolentino
Some time ago, there was a bit of a stir caused by a novelty softdrink, Tentacle Grape. It made some otaku laugh, because it's a fun little joke. It offended some otaku, because non-otaku used it to make fun of those crazy mo...
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Manga about wine spurs high demand for the real thing


Dec 05
// Bob Muir
It's always hard for those outside of Japan to realize its significance, but having a popular manga devoted to a unique subject can cause a giant surge of interest for that subject. It's happened before with series like Hikar...
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Former Prime Minister Taro Aso hawks moe sake


Oct 27
// Bob Muir
Woah, moe sake? Feels a little deja vu in here. But here's a new twist: Taro Aso, former Prime Minister of Japan from 2008 to 2009, is encouraging young Japanese people to drink moe sake.Kotaku heard about...
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Japanese fake beer: Is it even worth it?


Aug 04
// Crystal White
I know this sounds like such an alcoholic thing to say, but seriously, what's the point in drinking beer if it won't get you drunk? It's not like it's a particularly tasty beverage in my mind (though there are a few exception...
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Shimbashi Station arrival tune changed to whiskey jingle


Aug 01
// Bob Muir
Trains in Japan normally have a little melody to let you know when you've arrived at a station. As of recently, however, Japan Probe reports that the melody at one of the train stops is a little different. Suntory has paid Ja...
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Get some melon-less watermelon soda to cool off


Jul 31
// Bob Muir
As a child, I remember visiting Epcot while on vacation in Disney World. For those in the know, Epcot is clearly the best part of Disney World due to all the cool attractions and weird "Imagineer" technology touches...
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Forget bars, stay at home with moe sake


Jul 27
// Bob Muir
It's nice to go out to have a few drinks at a bar, but being social has a cost - as in literally, from your wallet. As a poor, recent college grad, I cringe every time I think of how much I could be saving by buying a few bee...
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Haruhi Fruit Juice...has Haruhi on it! How unexpected!


Jul 12
// Bob Muir
This summer heat wave has been brutal for me so far. I know many states probably have it worse than New York, but that doesn't mean we're not suffering here too. We're even seeing massive power outages from people using too m...
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Pepsi Strong Shot: name says it all


Jul 12
// Crystal White
You know how Japan's always messing with funky flavors and such in food products? Well, this time they didn't change the flavor, but they sure changed the amount of kick in your average Pepsi. Japan's new Pepsi Strong Shot pu...
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Prepare to get smashed at 30,000 feet over Japan


Jul 09
// Bob Muir
It always seemed a little unfair to me that airlines don't allow you to bring alcohol on flights. Unless you spring for the seats in business class, the worst part of long distance travel for me is always the plane ride. Bein...
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Let me buy you a draaank


Jun 17
// Crystal White
We all know times have been tough economically, especially in the U.S., but what about those establishments in Japan that have also been hit by their own recession? How do you attract new customers in an age of frugality, and...
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New Sapporo CM demonstrates why it's a 'Legendary Biru'


Jun 08
// Mike LeChevallier
Well, summertime is nigh upon us and this means that the mass consumption of alcoholic beverages skyrockets. People get a little bit crazier, moods shift at the pace of a doped up greyhound and Japanese restaurants stock the ...
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Kami no Shizuku set to come out in the US by end of 2010


Apr 14
// Brad Rice
Here's a quick bit of news pointed out to us by Deb Aoki: in the course of an interview with CNNGo, the authors of the hit wine manga Kami no Shizuku (Drops of God) mentioned that by the end of 2010 we'll see the English-lang...
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Kirin ad gives alcohol-free beer to pregnant women


Apr 07
// Brad Rice
It might just be my strange sensibilities, but I don't really see the point to alcohol-free beer. I'm not one for beer in general, but generally I don't know of anyone drinking it solely because they love the taste -- usually...
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Sega promotes Yakuza 4 with awamori sake; we're jealous!


Mar 23
// Tim Sheehy
While I'm playing Yakuza 3 and loving every minute of it, Sega's busy promoting the latest title in the series, Yakuza 4, which was recently released in Japan. Lucky Japanese gamers have been get...
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All the foreigners want Cola Shock


Mar 07
// Josh Tolentino
They also want BURGER! and PIZZA! from Armani model Meisa Kuroki.But, as Japan Probe points out, Kirin has yet to mention if they're actually going to be selling Cola Shock, the spiked cola that intrigued Dale, foreigners. ...
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Kamen Cider is a genius product tie-in


Feb 26
// Josh Tolentino
Besides watching Mask Rider Black as a kid, I was never much into Kamen Rider. That's been changing of late now that I've seen the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger/Kamen Rider Decade crossover, so in celebration I decided to post th...
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Happy New Year!


Dec 31
// Jon Snyder
Happy New Year from everybody here at Japanator! Be careful to prevent your New Year's party from getting out of hand. 
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Want to feel fancy and otaku-chique at the same time? Try this Space Battleship Yamato wine glass


Aug 10
// Brad Rice
Ever wished that you could be like the Gamilon leader Lord Desler? Well, now you can! This wine goblet, made by the people at Skynet, should make for a great conversation piece. Set to be released in October, this glass will ...

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