From Left, Hitoshi Suzuki, president of the Ichinokura brewery in Miyagi Prefecture, Kosuke Kuji, president of the Nanbu Bijin brewery in Iwate Prefecture, and his wife Rika, hold trophies in London on July 6, 2017, after winning awards at one of the world's largest wine contests. The Nanbu Bijin brewery won the International Wine Challenge Champion Sake award, while the Ichinokura brewery obtained the Sake Brewer of the Year and the Great Value Champion Sake awards. Photo: Kyodo

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From Left, Hitoshi Suzuki, president of the Ichinokura brewery in Miyagi Prefecture, Kosuke Kuji, president of the Nanbu Bijin brewery in Iwate Prefecture, and his wife Rika, hold trophies in London on July 6, 2017, after winning awards at one of the world's largest wine contests. The Nanbu Bijin brewery won the International Wine Challenge Champion Sake award, while the Ichinokura brewery obtained the Sake Brewer of the Year and the Great Value Champion Sake awards. Photo: Kyodo
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