Prices of \"Forbidden corn\"
Omar, I believe the prices of US bourbons sold only in Japan translated into US dollars would interest a number of site readers. However, all need to realize that the cost of bourbon in Japan is strongly influenced by the tax Japan places on US spirits.
In a 1996 US Govt. report we can read, "In 1987, a GATT panel found that Japan's excise tax system unfairly discriminates against imported distilled spirits in favor of the domestic distilled spirit shochu. Afterward, Japan reduced the extent of discrimination, but Japan still maintained taxes on shochu far below those on imported whisky, brandy and white spirits. Imported distilled spirits are significantly disadvantaged on the retail level. Industry comments and market surveys demonstrate that the excise tax discrimination is the number one remaining market access barrier for U.S. exports to Japan of Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, rum, gin, vodka and other brown and white spirits. Japan is the second-largest market for U.S. distilled spirits exports. Elimination of the discrimination is particularly important in view of Japan's agreement to eliminate tariffs on brown spirits, and the high growth potential of this market."
I believe prices for some of the products available in Japan may be on the web at German sites. If you get prices in Dollars or Euros it would be interesting to the rest of us.