One thing you notice if you ever go down to the Kentucky fall bourbon festival is the Japanese tourists. A lot of them. They must love their whiskey.
Like Nurb says, aside from the small batch distillaries, they are all global and corporate.
Also while Beam has a lot of premium products that are pretty good, their flagship with its mainstream sweet taste appeals to the mass consumer who isn't likely to bother worrying about where the headquarters are.
Now if they ever try to buy Jack, on the other hand, then there would surely be an uproar.