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Japanese brewers forecast profit bubbles as COVID jabs begin

Asahi and Kirin look to liven up stay-at-home life with home beer dispensers

Japanese brewers rolled out healthier products, like this new alcohol-free beer from Kirin, as the coronavirus pandemic increased people's health awareness. 

TOKYO -- Japanese beer makers expect better profits this year as COVID-hit restaurants see demand rising after the country's vaccination campaign takes hold.

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic weighed on sales of Japanese brewers from restaurants, bars and others hit hard by social distancing measures.

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