The Japanese government has been hit in the pocket by an unusual problem – From a report: Since the pandemic began, bars and other premises selling alcohol were hit hard by Covid-19 restrictions, causing sales tax to go down.
Japan Gov’t has hence Launch a campaign to find new ways to encourage young people to drink more.
The “Sake Viva!” campaign, overseen by the National Tax Agency, invites participants to submit ideas on how to “stimulate demand among young people” for alcohol through new services, promotional methods, products, designs and even sales techniques using artificial intelligence or the metaverse, according to the official competition website.
“The domestic alcoholic beverage market is shrinking due to demographic changes such as the declining birthrate and aging population, and lifestyle changes due to the impact of Covid-19,” said the website, adding that the competition aimed to “appeal to the younger generation … and to revitalize the industry.” The contest includes promotional ideas for all types of Japanese alcohol, with applications open until September 9. Finalists will be invited to an expert consultation in October, before a final tournament in November in Tokyo.
The winner will receive support for their plan to be commercialized, according to the tax office.