Awamori Meister Association concludes a sister-organization agreement with its counterpart in Taiwan

Awamori Meister Association concludes a sister-organization agreement with its counterpart in Taiwan

Katsunobu Arakaki, Chairman of Awamori Meister Association signed a sister organization agreement with Chairwoman of Taiwan Beverage Association LI Yue-Qin (right), on September 26, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office.


September 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 26, the Awamori Meister Association (Chairman Katsunobu Arakaki) and the Taiwan Beverage Association (Chairwoman LI Yue-Qin) signed a sister organization agreement at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. As they seek to strengthen cooperation through economic and cultural exchanges, both associations are promoting Awamori in Taiwan.

The Taiwan Beverage Association is an incorporated body with about 350 members, including retailers and restaurants and individuals. In November 2010 the Taiwanese government approved the establishment of the association, which focuses on employment support projects for human-resource development in the food industry. Both organizations seek to improve the skills and service ability of their members through personnel exchanges.

The Awamori Meister Association signed a sister organization agreement with the Taipei Bartenders Association on October 10, last year. The members of Awamori Meister Association then attended the inaugural meeting of the Taiwan Beverage Association in March, 2010, and to promote awamori they have expanded their exchanges with colleagues in Taiwan.

The Association is planning to organize a course of lectures on awamori in Taiwan and hopes to produce a Taiwanese Awamori Meister who gets his or her qualification in Taiwan. Chairman Arakaki said, “We would like to contribute to promote awamori in Taiwan. We hope to also promote cultural exchanges between Okinawa and Taiwan, and to promote tourism.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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