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Beaujolais Nouveau prices expected to nearly double in Japan

Weak yen, Russian airspace detours add to cost of popular early wine

Japan's imports of Beaujolais Nouveau have been dropping since 2012 and fell 5% in 2021. Steep cost increases in 2022 will deepen the trend.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese wine lovers may have to pay double last year's price for their Beaujolais Nouveau because of high freight and fuel costs, the weak yen and the fact that planes carrying the young wine must avoid Russian airspace as a result of the war in Ukraine.  

Japanese wine merchants are reducing their orders this year, and cutting costs wherever possible, but the price increases are unavoidable. 

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