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Japanese sake exports on the rise

A growing appetite for sushi overseas creates thirst for the beverage

Bottles of sake can fetch much higher prices abroad than at home.

TOKYO -- Japanese sake exports are on the rise thanks to a global boom in the country's cuisine, with the rice wine becoming a more important ingredient in Japan's agricultural exports.

The value of the nation's sake exports rose 10% in 2016 to 15.5 billion yen ($137 million), marking a record level for the seventh straight year.

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