Japanese diplomats will have to thin their wine cellars. The Japanese foreign ministry has started an audit to measure the value of the wine cellars of the Japanese embassies abroad. Wine cellars that are too big need to be culled. The affected Japanese embassies will either have to sell the wines, or send them to colleagues with smaller cellars. According to the French newspaper Ouest-France the Japanese Embassy in Paris owns eight thousand “good” bottles of wine. That is thirty times the annual consumption. The same applies to the Japanese embassy in Switzerland. The Swiss diplomats own enough wine for twelve years of consumption.