In recent years, a scourge has gripped Japan, and it is people buying too many disposable diapers at once – the Merries brand in particular. For this heinous behavior, three Chinese men were arrested by the Hyogo Prefectural Police on Oct 15 and are expected to be deported back to their country.
The three men were said to have entered Japan through their culinary licenses. However, their alleged true intent was to buy up as many diapers as possible and send them back to buyers in China, thus violating their visas.
According to police, in a five-day span, the men bought 990 packs of disposable diapers produced by Nippon Paper Industries from 267 stores with a view to sending them back to their homeland.
Despite past boycotts of Japanese products in China, political posturing always takes a back seat to a parent’s love for their child. As such, Chinese parents have been demanding Japanese-made diapers in recent years. Grumblings from the Japanese public over sold-out shops from binge buyers have been occurring for some time now.
In particular, the Merries brand by Kao has earned a reputation among Chinese parents as “the iPhone of diapers” and is especially coveted. Interestingly enough, the Merries brand is also produced in China, but parents there don’t trust the diapers, especially with the proclivity of knock-offs to emerge for any popular brand no matter what it may be.
As a result, packs are sometimes flying off the shelves faster than they can be stocked, and are then sold in China at about a 50% increase in price.
It’s still a nice win for Japan-produced goods and the jobs that come along with it, especially as the Japanese economy has been just kind of floating around the surface of the toilet bowl.
Source: Livedoor News
Read more stories from RocketNews24. -- 10 handy products – The best 1,000 yen you can spend at the 100 yen store -- Seven Japanese drugstore beauty products loved by women abroad -- Girl runs away from home to stop her parents from buying a Japanese car© RocketNews24