Recently the Mainich News reported the following:
The National Tax Agency announced on the 26th that it would conduct investigation on the radioactive material in liquor starting from October.
It used the beginning of autumn as the opportunity. It was the time to brew using the agricultural products harvested after the earthquake disaster; the aim was to ensure safety.
The area that investigation would be performed was divided into three: A, B, and C; as for A, all the producing area that was less than 150-km from the number one nuclear power plant of the Fukushima plant would be the target. B was about 40 percent of the producing locations in the 17 cities and prefectures (Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gumma, Chiba, Kanagawa, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Akita, Yamagata, Niigata, Nagano, Saitama, Tokyo, Yamanashi, Shizuoka) which were not covered in A. As for C, about twenty percent of the producing locations in all the remaining prefectures would be picked at random. It was foreseen that of the some 3000 licenced manufacturing locations in the whole country, about 1/3 would be the target.
Moreover, in consideration of the fact that the manufacturing time for individual item would differ, in October fruit wine would be investigated, from November to January next year it would be Japanese sake; starting from February next year it would be beer etc, excluding fruit wine and Japanese sake.
The results of the investigation would be periodically released in the homepage of the National Tax Agency; it would also be provided to the local municipal units that had domestic circulation food guiding organization.
Japan is trying to ensure that their wine product is safe. This is a necessary step to take in order to revive consumer's confidence both at home and abroad.