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Kirin launches whisky brands to tap foreign drinkers

Activist investor has pressed Japanese beverage group to focus on alcohol business

Kirin's new Fuji whisky will go on sale next month, part of the drinks maker's plan to win market share from arch rival Suntory. (Photo by Nana Shibata)

TOKYO -- Japan's Kirin Holdings will launch two new whisky brands amid intense pressure from activist investors on the beverage group to drop its foray into the healthcare sector.

Japan's second-largest brewer said the two new brands, Fuji and Riku, would go on sale from next month and be aimed at the U.S. and European markets.

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