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Kirin to brew 60% more beer in thirsty Myanmar

Japanese brewer seeks to defend its biggest bet in Southeast Asia

This Yangon restaurant pours Kirin's flagship beer. (Photo by Motokazu Matsui)

TOKYO -- Kirin Holdings will expand a brewery in Myanmar into one of the Japanese beer purveyor's largest in the world as the emerging Southeast Asian market shows promise. 

The Tokyo-based group will spend several billion yen (1 billion yen equals $9.1 million) to scale up a factory in Yangon operated by Myanmar Brewery, in which it bought a majority stake for $560 million in 2015. Myanmar Brewery is the country's top beer producer and owns such brands as Myanmar Beer. 

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