About the company
Kirin is a Japanese beverages company. In Burma it is in a joint venture, Myanmar Breweries, with the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings, which is controlled by and for the benefit of the military. They are also in a joint venture with the military owned Mandalay Brewery. This subsidiary has also donated money to the Burmese military. In the UK, Kirin own the craft brewery Fourpure.
President and CEO
NAKANO CENTRAL PARK SOUTH
10-2, Nakano 4-chome
Amnesty International 14th June 2018: Japan: Investigate brewer Kirin over payment to Myanmar military amid ethnic cleansing of Rohingya
Myanmar Times 15th February 2107: Kirin: joint venture but not ‘buying’ Mandalay Brewery
Kirin Holdings website accessed November 2018
Australia’s Lion acquires London’s Fourpure Brewing – 10th July 2018 – thedrinksbusiness.com
Notified 30th November 2018
Added to the Dirty List 11 December 2018
Update November 2020
Kirin announces that it is suspending dividend payments from their joint ventures with the military due to “lack of visibility”.
Press Release from Justice for Myanmar:
Justice For Myanmar welcomes Kirin Holdings’ suspension of dividends from their Myanmar military joint ventures
Update January 2021
Kirin announces the investigation into how the military uses its proceeds from the joint venture is ‘inconclusive’. Read the statement here.
The Dirty List names international companies doing business with the military in Burma. The list also includes international companies involved in projects where there are human rights violations or environmental destruction.
In September 2018, the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar, which has been investigating human rights violations in the country, stated:
“The actions of the Tatmadaw (Burmese military) in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, in particular in the context of the ‘clearance operations’ in northern Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017, have so seriously violated international law that any engagement in any form with the Tatmadaw, its current leadership, and its businesses, is indefensible.”