Japanese Saké breweries may not be selling as much in Japan, but exports continue to increase.
The Daily Yomiuri Online recently published an article, "Sake tastes success abroad / Manufacturers tap export markets to alleviate domestic woes" (8/10/09) which details the booming export market.
Saké exports have grown from about 7,000 kiloliters in 2001 to 12,151 kiloliters in 2008. Exports to the U.S. have doubled since 2001 to 3,843 kiloliters. Exports to Asia are also increasing. For example, in 2008, exports to South Korea were 1,529 kiloliters and exports to China reached 482 kiloliters.
Breweries are hopeful that the ever increasing exports may also lead to a revival in domestic consumption.