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SoftBank CEO says he will supply 300 mil masks per month to Japan

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Good for him.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Good job Son. Is he doing this for free or the government will pay for it.?

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Very commendable, but why is he doing this and the Japanese government doing nothing?

14 ( +17 / -3 )

Are the masks made in Japan?

-17 ( +5 / -22 )

You don't want to buy or wear any masks made after this CCP virus started. Quality control was already suspect on these products but after the rush to make money on these safety products started, QC went right out the window in the name of money.

Just look at all the shipments that went to Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, etc. they ended up having most of their test kits and masks being defective and were sent back because they weren't free and weren't going to pay for that rubbish. Where do you think those products will end up?

Also, there are plenty of videos on youtube showing just how poor sanitary conditions are in these makeshift mask factories that are popping up all over China because the CCP is "selling" licences to make these masks at places that have no business making them. The rolls of raw fabric for those masks can be seen lying on the ground in a parking area at one factory with just about every imaginable thing on that road surface including snot rockets and spit.

If the masks aren't made in Japan or another trustworthy country, it's just not safe to wear them.

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@kurisupisu

"and the masks made in Japan?"

Indeed why can't this country make paper masks 3 months into this thing? Outrageous incompetence by the government and industrial leaders.

Son has a firm contract, the Japanese government is still just "targetting". Good for Son!

17 ( +17 / -0 )

European countries bought millions of masks from China which were found to be defective. In Australia CCP operatives secretly shipped back tons of medical equipment on private jets and left the local population with shortages.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Oh, yes! Masks that do very little to prevent the spread of the virus and give people a false sense of security which leads to them taking less of the proper precautions like, social-distancing and washing their hands.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

So now they want his help...

I can't believe they turned down his offer of tests before, we would probably be in a much better situation if they'd been put to use...

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This guy and a few others like him can get more done than the whole incompetent J govt machine with all their resources ...

Indeed why can't this country make paper masks 3 months into this thing? Outrageous incompetence by the government and industrial leaders.

Precisely....if Sharp can do it, thanks to the quick on its feet Taiwanese managment why cant most of the rest of J- inc?

In Australia CCP operatives secretly shipped back tons of medical equipment on private jets and left the local population with shortages.

I dislike the baidu shoppers buying up stuff and clearing shelves too, but stop spreading hate BS, they are profiteers not CCP operatives stripping bare Wollies and Coles shelves ..

I can't believe they turned down his offer of tests before, we would probably be in a much better situation if they'd been put to use...*

Exactly, as soon as he offered the tests the Jgovt in its quest to keep supressing the true numbers of infected & keep the Olymics on track at the time, unleashed their internet troll army to discredit Son,s offer.

Disgusting.

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kurisupisuToday  07:09 am JST

“Are the masks made in Japan?”

The answer to your question is in the very first sentence of the article!

I would also prefer that the masks be made in Japan but hopefully Son will have the sense and ability to ensure the quality at that one factory.

Invalid CSRF

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No marcelito Property developers and an ex general from the Chinese army. Not daigou shoppers. BS

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Are the N95 masks or just the paper towel ones?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Wonder if the public will cry out again and reject these, just like how they cried out and rejected his offer to provide a million virus tests a month ago.

Wonder if they'd reject the offer of tests now...?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Great...except masks do stuff all to stop the virus. If anything they make it worse.

social distancing, washing hands, don’t touch your face and don’t leave your house if you are old and/or have health conditions.

if you really think masks make you invincible, then why aren’t you wearing eye protection as eyes are more susceptible than the nose and mouth.

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divinda, it wasn't the public but the government that complained about the tests. They didn't want him to test many people because they wanted to keep the numbers low so they could keep the Olympics. I really think people wanted the tests, but pressure from Abe and his cabal made Son stop!

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it wasn't the public but the government that complained about the tests.

@MarkX - I'd quote a JapanTaday article, but they have "expired" since its been over a month. So here is a Bloomberg report:

"Son’s Twitter feed was flooded with comments asking him to reconsider. “Are you trying to bring down the medical system? Please stop this,” said one comment. Another post pointed out that some tests are far from simple, requiring the users to take a swab from deep in the nasal cavity and that a deluge of useless samples would actually impede detection."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-11/softbank-s-son-backtracks-on-proposal-for-free-virus-tests

You can still see the slew of comments on his twitter feed... all these people are covert government shills?

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Great news

0 ( +2 / -2 )

No thanks. We're cool. Abe is sending us two of those weird cloth masks he wears.

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You can still see the slew of comments on his twitter feed... all these people are covert government shills?

You really think that response was not at first initiated by pro government trolls that got the ball rolling but by ordinary citizens turning down the offer? Can I sell you a bridge in China?

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One wonders why he's not the prime minister.

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In Australia CCP operatives secretly shipped back tons of medical equipment on private jets and left the local population with shortages.

Like Trump diverted a boatload of 3M N95 masks bound for Germany, back to the US?

It seems that authoritarians around the word engage in similar methods.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

That beats the two suggested by PM Abe

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Great , because it is ridiculous that a country like Japan, in 3 months, is not able to supply sufficient masks for its entire population for daily use. While Taiwan can, and even export.  

I applaud Mr Son, but he should also consider, as should the other 2 providers to drop all mobile and internet charges by 25 % during the Virus crisis.  That would help people a lot.

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@Educator60

I would presume that the masks are made in China as opposed to Korea, the US or Japan.

However, the article does not explicitly state that they are, only that a Chinese company is making them.

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Supply 300 mil masks per month to Japan

Japan Population : 125 million

So 2 masks per month per person?

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, but why is he doing this and the Japanese government doing nothing?

Because the current government is not only the most incompetent in recent memory, they simply don't care what happens to the plebs. It's even more disconcerting that the downtrodden will look at such helpful acts and dwell on jingoistic nationalism. Pathetic really!!

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Kobe White Bar Owner

Are the N95 masks or just the paper towel ones?

It's clearly stated in the very short, easy-to-read article:

"SoftBank's supply will consist of 100 million N95 masks, which can filter very small particles, and 200 million regular surgical masks."

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Japan once again depending on deals with China.

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Masks that do very little to prevent the spread of the virus and give people a false sense of security which leads to them taking less of the proper precautions like, social-distancing and washing their hands.

actually no there is growing consensus between experts that mask are offering some form of protection, yes yous still need to social distance, wash hands, disinfects surfaces.

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China spreads the coronavirus; now China collects $$ selling face masks to protect against the coronavirus. It's a win-win for China!

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Thank-you Son THANK YOU!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Where will they be distributed? We haven't seen any in months.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Good. Already have our masks tho

Some protection is better than no protection. As Dr. Fauci said, the mask is less about preventing you from getting the virus, but rather more about preventing you from spreading the virus to other people in case you're infected and don't know it

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This man reminds me of me. He forgives. Because when they rejected his offer last month for testing it was a slap in the face to this kind gentleman.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Good stuff , nice one son ,we will have to wait forever for the 2 Abe masks and will never get any of the promised money . Abe and boys are totally incompetent

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Hmm... would rather have face masks made in Japan....

https://nationalfile.com/video-china-factory-worker-laughs-as-he-rubs-face-masks-on-shoe/

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I think, we should all be pressing our own respective Governments to be less dependent upon China, and encouraging more local home grown Industries in Key areas.

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I don't think he hasn't though this through.

The bias against everything from china is pretty big and I think the japanese would not use these items even if the demand was high.

There was a poster on japantimes claiming there was a viral video from a month ago on wechat showing a chinese man putting masks that were suppose to go to japan and coughing in the boxes while saying konichiwa. (Not verified)

But weirdly at the same time my friend who works at a hospital told me that they where screening and getting rid of all masks from Chinar.

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@jenn cats... see the video link I posted above, that is... the one & same as you mentioned. It's shocking - but could just be isolated nut job, just like those in the UK who go around licking benches, and frozen foods in supermarkets (presumably to gain attention on You Tube/Instagram/TikTok, etc) - Sick minded people.

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I think, we should all be pressing our own respective Governments to be less dependent upon China, and encouraging more local home grown Industries in Key areas.

I've been saying that for many years, including many posts on JT, which were heavily voted down. It's not the first time for once-unpopular opinion of mine to become widely accepted.

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@ Jeff Lee - well argued. I would like to see the likes of Apple, Toyota etc pull ALL their supply chains out of Communist China, and transferred to democracies - Thailand, India for example.

Time for every one of us to stop feeding the Communist beast.

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