TTB filings by California-based Tokiwa Imports reveal that, as expected, the next iteration of Akkeshi New Born will be called Foundations 2 and is peated. The label indicates "Bottled June 2018" so we'll probably see a release in Japan in July or so.
Akkeshi New Born Foundations 1 has been relatively well-received by the Japanese whisky community, though my own review is one of the more negative voices. A goal of the Akkeshi Distillery is recreating Islay single malts in Japan. Which is to say, quite peaty. So a peated new born ought to be more representative of the Single Malt Akkeshi due in 2020. If the distillery sticks to their plans, we'll see Foundations 3 and 4 in 2019, probably aged in mizunara.
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.