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Just make your own mask, why rely on others.

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Could this be the reason why the masks are dirty??


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The ministry said it has urged mask makers to resolve the contamination problem, while asking municipal officials to visually inspect the masks before mailing them.

Yes, nothing to it.

Simply (in a sterile envivonment, not at the desk at the city office!), unwrap, instect, and rewrap,.. just a minute.. now, what is two times one hundred and twenty million. oh got it.

240,000,000 times.

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These face masks are not very environmentally friendly, what happens to them are they just incinerated?

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Brian, I believe they are meant to be washed and then reused. Now what could possibly go wrong with that?

Not to mention their total permeability to anything the size of a virus!

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oldman_13: While you have a point, it really isn't related to this, since not only no one asked for Abe to this, some people even begged to NOT do it and use the money elsewhere.

Now, it seems, not only has Abe sent out masks no one asked him to and that are the equivalent of sponge material, he has clearly sent out masks that have been stockpiled in dirty places and they are just offloading them, and no doubt giving money to vested interests that had stockpiled them to begin with. What a joke!

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@englisc, these masks are made from basically paper, there is no way you could wash them, some home made ones are made from a cotton based fabric which can be washed at above 30 degrees C.

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$435,000,000 for a load of dirty masks!!!!


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Abe needs to go big time.

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As sad as this is, I’m finding it difficult to contain my laughter. At least these ¥466 masks are washable. That will be handy when you start sharing them with the other members of your family.

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46.6billion yen of our taxes wasted and in the pockets of Abe's cronies!!!!!! What an embarrassment to society!! Much have been a bunch of masks scheduled to be destroyed. Can't this guy get anything right?

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Seems like they were already used but not properly washed. Thank you for the hand me downs. I now feel like the peasant you treat me like.

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This is just getting worse and worse. Predictions coming true and this is just the beginning, so buckle up. This is what you get for pushing the Olympics during a pandemic. When this is all past us, I hope people boycott the games.

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Next speech by Abe, “Stop complaining my fellow citizens. They are washable, so wash them first before use. And while we’re at it, add some washi inside to properly filter the viruses. Thanks for being obedient and great citizens of this great country.”

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By this move, Abe shows his true colours. A purely token display. Sent out purely appease the masses and to appear to be doing something. Utterly useless in the real world. Delivered at great expense to the taxpayer. Two per household when most houses have more than two members.

This is Abe. All show and pomp and no actual substance.

(Invalid CSRF)

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opening up too early is going to get people killed also

If Japan continues to go on this trajectory it could.

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This is corruption that is seen more in the so-called "third world countries". How has Japan reduced itself to this level? Unbelievable...

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I walk different routes for 20,000 steps a day. In under two weeks I have counted 104 masks on the ground.

Soon to go down sewers and to where after that nobody knows.

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If you're relying on TWO masks from the govt,you're in trouble!!

Its not about relying on the masks, but more about how they were handled. If they are arriving 'dirty' they could very well be contaminated as well. And instead of helping to contain the spread, they could be helping to spread the virus

This government has acted so irresponsibly from the beginning and this is just another blunder on top of heaps of other blunders

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Good grief....can't even get something so simple right

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These face masks are not very environmentally friendly, 

seriously? That’s what you’re worried about?

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Mine are going straight back to PM Abe...

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seriously? That’s what you’re worried about?

Lol. Typical. Thinking only as far as you can see.

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These useless, waste of taxpayer’s money masks will be Abe’s legacy.

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People complain too much. They complain Abe’s mask is too small, Koike’s is too big, and that the the mask is not the right size or even that it shrinks with washing. There is a tailor near my station that is offering masks using your choice of materials with lining at a reasonable price. Explore that route if the mask you want can’t be obtained.

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What is most infuriating is you know Abe will just present with his little smirk, blink slowly and decline comment as they 'assess the situation.'

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I don't understand that Mr. Abe brick head to send all of those masks to every citizens whole Japan, all from our taxes. Coming to this, no words, no feelings, only the waste remains.

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These masks only serve to mask abes true nature and intention and that of his best friend aso.

It is merely a maskerade !

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Don't forget, folks - he spent 46.6 BILLION yen of our money on this nonsense.

We need to find out where that money went to, and how much the supplier donated to the LDP last year.

This is a heist.

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The faulty masks were the latest embarrassment for Abe’s government already criticized for its coronavirus measures inadequate, off-target, too little and too late.

wait a minute.......I get it.

We are all getting punked right? All of this nonsense is all a part of the new NHK hidden camera TV show where they show citizens getting pissed off at the zany antics by Abe and his crew, right?

You're a "riot" Abe.

Now cut the crap before actual riots begin...............

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Get the oyagis out of the decision making process, and put in actual health care professionals!!

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I'm going to send mine back.

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I’m thinking - fishing twine, a large nut, and a slingshot might hang mine from Nagatacho tree.

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Hope the virus is not already inside as a gift...

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So that’s like 0.00019% of all mask, isn’t it. (Rolling eyes)

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