'It's all about shochu and chu-hai cocktails'
Not only has shochu surpassed sake as the beverage of choice in many izakaya restaurants in Japan, but it's now starting to catch on in Southern California. The LA Times reports.
Scotch meets shochu
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), a quasi-governmental body, has recently decided to help the association of shochu distilled spirits makers in Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture on the southernmost major Japanese island of Kyushu, to develop a new brand of liquor, blending local Kuma shochu and Scotch whisky. Shochu is a clear alcoholic beverage, a cousin to Korea's soju. Asia Times reports.