Japan is the world's second-largest consumer of gasoline, and its first largest consumer of rice wine. Those two markets don't have a lot in common, unless we're talking about the risk of a besotted Salaryman heaving into your lane on the Koshu Kaido. But actually, a pilot program in the mountain resort of Shinanomachi will soon produce sake for the sake of ethanol biofuel. The government-funded project will give local farmers a way to rid themselves of farm waste like rice hulls, while helping Japan reduce dependence on imported oil. We're holding out for a Top Sake dragster class.
Rice wine to power cars in Japan [internal]
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