The Most Important Stakeholders in the Sake Industry

The sake industry is one of Japan's oldest and most renowned industries. In this blog post, we will look at five of the most important stakeholders in the sake industry, highlighting their roles and contributions to this unique industry.

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Sakura Sake Shop

December 3, 2022


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Since its inception over a thousand years ago, Japan’s sake industry has been one of the country’s most iconic industries. It is estimated that 1,400 sake breweries are currently operating in Japan, producing a variety of different sakes for consumers all over the world. With such a large industry comes various stakeholders who play an important role in its success. In this blog post, we will be looking at five of the most important stakeholders and how they contribute to the global sake industry.

Sake Industry Stakeholders

1. National Tax Agency Japan

2. Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association

3. National Research Institute of Brewing

4. Sake Service Institute

5. Sake Brewers Association of North America

National Tax Agency Japan

The National Tax Agency (NTA) is responsible for collecting taxes on the sale, production, and distribution of alcoholic beverages in Japan, including sake. It provides guidelines on tax rates, regulations, and other important matters related to sake business operations which must be followed in order to remain compliant with Japanese law. It also works closely with the government to ensure that taxation remains an effective means for controlling the consumption of alcoholic beverages in Japan.

Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association

The Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association (JSS) is a non-profit organization which aims to promote the quality of sake produced in Japan. It works closely with government officials, brewers, wholesalers, retailers, researchers, consumers, and other stakeholders to improve the overall quality of Japanese sake. The JSS also provides members with access to resources such as export promotion activities and support for marketing initiatives.

National Research Institute of Brewing

The National Research Institute of Brewing (NRIB) is a research institute devoted to researching the science behind brewing sake. It has been conducting research on sake since 1953 and regularly publishes reports on various aspects of sake production, such as brewing methods, taxation systems, and the impact of climate change on production. The NRIB also provides training courses for brewers and other stakeholders in order to help them improve the quality of their products.

Sake Service Institute

The Sake Service Institute (SSI) is a non-profit organization established in 1972 which works to promote awareness about sake. It offers certification programs for sake professionals around the world and provides resources and educational materials about sake for both consumers and industry personnel. The SSI also organizes events in order to bring together those involved with the sake industry from all over the world.

Sake Brewers Association of North America

Established in 2004, the Sake Brewers Association of North America (SBANA) is an organization devoted to promoting sake in the United States and Canada. It works closely with brewers, wholesalers, retailers, importers/exporters, researchers and other stakeholders to provide education about sake production and promotion throughout North America. The SBANA also organizes events such as tastings, conferences, seminars and workshops in order to help spread awareness about sake.


These five stakeholders have all had a major impact on Japan’s unique sake industry over the years. From government tax agencies and research institutes to non-profit organizations and associations that promote sake both domestically and internationally, each of these groups has contributed significantly towards making sake one of Japan’s most iconic beverages. With the help and support of these stakeholders, sake is sure to continue its long history of being enjoyed and celebrated by people all around the world.

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