Like it or not, taxes are a fact of life (or death, as some would say). They have been imposed on citizens by governments for centuries, and breweries and their beers have long been a favorite tap for government revenue.
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer How Taxes Have Changed Our Beer May 1, 2003 - Alan Moen
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In a country where you can buy beer from vending machines, it's seldom difficult to find a cold brew when you want one. And if you're content with well-made, but fairly uniform mass-market lagers, you'll have no trouble quenching your thirst in Japan.