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Gov't eyes pushing businesses hoarding face masks to sell them

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Any face masks that are collected by local authorities will be given to medical institutions that are in need, a government official said.

They can have my Abe masks any time!

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@kurisupisu you’re not force to use Mr Abe’s mask! You can buy your own.

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we will consider asking them

so much for a 'state of emergency'.... (⌒▽⌒)

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Masks are not available at drugstores. I found the masks are available through Amazon and Rakuten. This probably is happening because Chinese mask makers can make more money selling the through Amazon and Rakuten rather than selling them through trading firms.

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Didn't I read that there will be huge fines for individuals who hoarded masks and resell them at a huge profit? Huge fines for individuals profiteering, no penalties for businesses doing the same doesn't really seem fair.

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Isn't hoarding goods in high demand and selling when demand is high something that all good capitalists do and is the path to wealth and success ? /s.

Like American firms and sky high essential drug and insulin prices?

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Toooooo Late,

Taiwan and many other countries are supplying the raw materials to mask makers, then controlling the distribution 100%.

How hard can it be for Japan to do the same?? when this country is well known for it's mass production of all sorts of High and LOW tech like face masks. It's just beyond comprehension.

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There were two men selling boxes of fifty in front of a closed Izakaya at Tsuruma station on Sunday. ¥4000 for fifty. Looked just like the ones I got on Amazon for ¥2000.

Was it legal to sell? Was it price gouging?

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What, you mean there are actually mainstream businesses hoarding the masks in light to make a profit? Isn't that the nature of the beast to make profits at the expense of others? Or does this only apply to those with clout?

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I have been unable to find any masks to purchase for at least a month. The masks on Amazon are from China and the ones I saw got 1 star from other purchasers so I do not feel comfortable buying them. It is disgraceful that I am supposed to wear a mask but they are not being sold. I reckon most elderly have hoarded enough masks to last them 10 years and still they line up every day to buy more.

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Where are these Abe masks? Still not received.

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Do not announce it. Seize them. Distribute them. Hoarding companies will never be a problem again...

Pro-Tip: Judging from the supermarket today, butter seems to be the next big thing...

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I am actually fine with the DIY ones I have. I soak it in soap and boiled water for 5 min.

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How about setting a maximum price it can be sold for and watch them all go up for sale real quick

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Tis is why I love capitalism

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There are lots of 'Covid-19' products being sold on amazon.co.jp from very new Chinese suppliers; masks, sanitising gel, infrared thermometers, etc., very few are actually delivered, and amazon are having to do a lot of refunds to dissatisfied customers. Just check the supplier ratings before you order anything,

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Pot calling the kettle black considering the fortunes made to the producers of the Abe masks.

Did those companies who ordered them from China and they proved faulty give the government back the money for them or did the government ( taxpayer) take the hit?

BTW anyone actually received their Abe masks? I am still waiting and don't know anyone who has received them!

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@gogogo...How about setting a maximum price it can be sold for and watch them all go up for sale real quick

Excellent strategy... if the Government sets up a maximum retail price on this we will see a lot of mask line up in shop shelves which were being held back!

@Reckless... the last sentence of your comment made me laugh so hard that I almost fell off the sofa! Thanks for cheering up my gloomy day! You are absolutely right about it though.

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@wanderlust...

There are lots of 'Covid-19' products being sold on amazon.co.jp from very new Chinese suppliers; masks, sanitising gel, infrared thermometers, etc., very few are actually delivered, and amazon are having to do a lot of refunds to dissatisfied customers. Just check the supplier ratings before you order anything

Exactly... I got my refund processed for a box of mask through Amazon Japan. The product listing showed a Japanese company located in Tokyo selling it but when it didn’t arrive past the due date and upon contacting the seller and Amazon I was told that this product was coming from China so it’s delayed in shipping. I asked for a refund which was processed. Most supplies are still coming from China regardless of the company being Japanese and located in Japan.

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They should be seized.

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And funny thing in Namba today everyone was selling masks. About ¥3000 for a 50 pair box.

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Consider? Force them!

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“Eyes” and “pushing”. Not good enough.

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Gogogo

In my country all daily consumer goods,except fresh ones have to have the M.R.P. maximum retail price printed on the package

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Maybe Abe can use these in lieu of the $430 million worth of worthless AbeMasks, now that he and his cronies have got their cut of the profits? Why is the media not investigating that scam?

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No where within my area is selling face masks of any type!

Yet, I see many people wandering around with the non-Abe masks everywhere.

Perplexing.

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The government should force these hoarders to give the masks away! This is NO time to profit from other people's miseries.

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