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Kirin aims to become Japan's top brewer with jump into craft beer

Company closes in on No. 1 Asahi with new tastes and tie-ups

Sakurako Yoshino, a founding member of the Spring Valley Brewery restaurant chain, pushed for Kirin to enter the craft beer market.

TOKYO -- The first thing that stands out when entering the Spring Valley Brewery restaurant in Tokyo's upscale Daikanyama district is a cluster of transparent brewing tanks, serving up six types of craft beer. Though owned and operated as a subsidiary of Japan's iconic Kirin Brewery, there is no Kirin logo to be seen.

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