Sake to be globally renowned

Through the research and educational activities, we aim to make sake and shochu more widespread globally, as well as promote the Japanese food culture and support the related industries.

Number of International kikisake-shi

(As of May 2021)
(Abbreviation:SSI INT’L)
Established 2009
Chairman Haruyuki Hioki
NPOFBO vice chief director/SSI senior managing director
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Address TN Koishikawa building 7th floor, 1-15-17 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0002
Certification International Kikisake-shi (5,660 people)
International Shochu Kikisake-shi (87 people)
SSI INTERNATIONAL Official Lecturer (161 people)
Sake Navigator (certified by SSI INT’L: 415 people) ※As of May 2021

Our Business

  • Research on Japanese sake and food with a global perspective
  • Human resource development and certification of professionals in service of sake with a global perspective
  • Human resource development and certification of people who can spread appropriate knowledge of sake to consumers worldwide
  • Business that will expand sake worldwide
  • Grant awards to people who contributed to expanding sake worldwide
  • Business to make sake an international product
  • Human resource development of tasters of sake as well as the evaluation criteria on the flavor and aroma of sake
  • Establish communities and exchange human resources through sake
  • Promote the Japanese sake culture and tradition worldwide
  • Other businesses that aim to accomplish the goals of our organization


2009 Established SSI International
June, 2010 Affiliated with Soongsil University to start the examination
July, 2010 The first International Kikisake-shi was certified
Aug, 2013 Started the International Kikisake-shi correspondence course
Sep, 2013 Held the examination for International Kikisake-shi in Japan
Mar, 2018 Held the examination for SSI INTERNATIONAL Official Lecturer
May, 2018 The first SSI INTERNATIONAL Official Lecturer was certified
Feb, 2019 The first winner of the World Kikisake-shi Competition from the International Kikisake-shi