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Read the Japan - Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages case.
1. Prepare a case brief.
2. Make sure that you include the following:

a. Fact
b. Procedural history
c. Issue
d. Holding
e. Reasoning
f. Decision

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Step 1

Japan — Alcoholic Beverages II

a. Facts:
Japanese liquor Tax Law established a system of internal taxes applicable to all liquors of different tax rates depending on which category they fell within. The tax law taxed shochu at a lower rate than the other products. The European Communities, Canada, and the United States filed a complaint with WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism against Japan. The complaint was that Japanese Liquor Tax Law discriminated against spirits exported to Japan by levying a higher tax on whiskey, cognac and white spirits than on Japanese shochu thereby impairing the benefits accrued to them by the GATT 1994.

Step 2

b. Procedural history:
Panel of the Dispute Settlement Mechanism concluded that shochu and vodka are ...

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