Sake is gradually increasing its presence at banquets where Japanese government leaders play host to foreign dignitaries.
The Foreign Ministry has mainly used wine at such banquets because it is easy to handle and goes well with any dish.
However, sake has begun to be included among other beverages at dinners and receptions amid growing calls from within the ministry to actively push sake in the field of diplomacy.
In inviting foreign VIPs, the ministry checks on their likes and dislikes and whether they are allergic to any foods in deciding on menus and drinks.
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