On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by Shinji Fukuyo, Whisky expert and chief blender of Suntory. Shinji Fukuyo joined Suntory in 1984 and eventually transferred to the whisky blending department in 1992. He quickly rose through the ranks and after four years studying at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh he moved to work in the Morrison Bowmore team in 1999, creating whiskies for Bowmore, Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan. In 2006 Shinji returned to Japan as the director of the whisky blending department and in 2009 became chief blender for the whole of Suntory, only the fourth person to have held the prestigious position.
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