The leading Japanese beer group, Asahi Breweries Ltd, is reportedly in negotiations to acquire a 10% stake in the privately-owned regional brewer, Orion Beer Co. The company has not commented on the press speculation linking it with Orion but a report in the Japanese business daily, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, said the two companies were discussing Asahi acquiring a 10% stake in the company. The deal would make Asahi the largest individual shareholder in Okinawa-based Orion.