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Some people here forgot quickly. In the early days of the pandemic, there

was some confusion and panic buying across the world, Japan included. Store shelves were empty of necessities and masks and sanitizers and toilet paper… Abenomask, as bad as it may seem, was one measure to deal with the situation. Remember not everyone was as lucky as some of us here to have enough supplies in those days. So the mask might be something to help them before real help arrived. You might hated it but less fortunate people needed them. Don’t tell me you never bought anything in life that minutes later you regretted the decision. You might hate the mask but that might also help save some lives somewhere.

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Oh man you really couldn’t make it up. Forst they buy crap masks, than the fxxck up the distribution, after that massive storage costs and now they’ll dispose of it. Honestly, why does the world think Japan is such an efficient country?

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I wonder who's families and friends pockets the money ended up in. I really wish foreign media had more interest in Japan, they could have so much fun investigating this kindergarten level corruption, everything would be out in the open in like a week. Not that Japanese would care anyway though.

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Why don’t they just distribute to public who can not afford to buy ? They can just put these masks at convi store and allow people to take for free .

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Your tax money at work. Textbook example for what happens when you give capital allocation to bureaucrats instead of entrepreneurs.

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As observant

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Fu fu fu, if only people were more observant as you.

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@ cricky

Its waste not waist btw

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Just distribute them to JR stations, subway stations and other public transit areas. Leave them out for the public to just take one as needed. Someone will get greedy, take the whole lot and the problem will no longer be the governments.

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They should recycle them or turn them into toilet paper in order to be prepared for the next pandemic.

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A litany of failures here.

The one that bothers me most is the extreme low quality of the masks. 15% of them rejected. The public should not be paying for them. That's before we even get into the issues of the design, the size, and the delivery timing.

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All I can say is at the time there was a mask shortage.

That’s right, there was a shortage.

But a shortage is no excuse for central government to get into the business of mask producing and distribution.

Free markets respond to shortages naturally, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Abe and co should have known better, but they are central planners, and the rest of the disaster is news and history.

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story is simple.

there was request from government for face masks.

there was lucky producer with right contacts linked to government boss.

there were funds ready to be spent.

than handshakes.

than low quality product have appeared and government have started to post there low quality masks to own citizens.

someone made a fortune and fat profit.

many of these products were completely useless and even hard supporter of LDP have found out that this is great waste of taxpayers money.

anyway since we live in Japan no one is held responsible for misuing of these funds,no one media outlets giving these not so pleasant questions to LDP guys and yes-situation is like nothing have happened at all.

business as usual.just give masks to someone-anyone.just to put them away and make people to forget about this "business" with their money.

Shinzo can play with cat at home,drink tea and dont need to worry that he need give back to gov even single penny.

its very pathetic.

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@Politik kills you are 100 % spot on!!

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the intended purpose (of the cloth masks) has been achieved," 

that purpose being to appear to be addressing the serious issue of a pandemic buying doing the lamest thing possible. In the country of daily mask wearing, regardless of pandemics, the ‘leader’ offers up this travesty, this paragon of ineptitude. Then we pay for the storage of this white elephant. Now we’re paying for the disposal of it. All this does is confirm the fact that politicians are the lowest elements, the least capable, the worst representatives of our society.

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By the way, the revisionist ‘history’ of Abe’s legacies is currently ‘in the works’: The majority of reference to previous stories of Abenomasks have all been but deleted from this media. (Try “mask shortages’ in the search tab above.)

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The failed Abe-no-mask rollout & mailout started Apr 17, 2020:

https://japantoday.com/category/national/cloth-mask-delivery-set-to-begin-under-controversial-abe-initiative -
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The masks shortages were Feb 2020 @Reckless 9:23am and silly ‘alternatives’ were suggested like making masks from paper kitchen ‘tishu’ to recycling bras:

https://japantoday.com/category/features/health/make-it-yourself-mask-technique-gets-new-interest-as-coronavirus-fears-cause-shortage-in-japan -

https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/japanese-model-gives-tutorial-on-converting-bras-to-masks?comment-order=latest -

*- @Reckless 9:23am: “All I can say is at the time there was a mask shortage. Couldn’t buy them anywhere for a few weeks. I think it was April 2020.*

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Why not distribute them to the homeless, orphans, jobless people? Think Mr Kishida, think !

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It wasn’t “well intentioned”

The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

I have no doubt that some of Abe’s buddies made out like bandits, but the man like all the LDP nutters was a central planner. They do I believe have good intentions. But the results are what their policies must be judged by, not the intentions. Judging by the results alone provides ample grounds for condemnation.

Not unique to Japan at all, just one example:


No subsidies. Ever.

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Another blow to Abe!

Kishida is cleaning house.

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Who takes responsibility for all that money loss of public money ?

You and me... Well, we don't take the responsibility but do in fact will pay more taxes to cover all that fiasco.

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Dang you'd think there is a money tree outside the Diet building. Absolutely no fiscal responsibility here. Just shut up and pay your taxes peasants.

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Who takes responsibility for all that money loss of public money ?

Japanese people themselves, by electing the same clowns back in positions just a few weeks ago. Cheated out of half a billion dollars and the public simply bends over again and again. Own fault, if you're asking me.

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And some people think we ought have the government own MORE means of production….

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Should be an investigation on this whole fiasco.

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That is what dear leader left us and that’s his legacy.

The Abenomask which are a statement of how not to use taxpayers money.

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useless can’t even begin to describe this government.


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as in they still haven’t done anything yet?

They're Abe masks, after all. Nobody dares to dispose of them, as that would be an affront.

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to dispose…….

as in they still haven’t done anything yet? And they’re still mulling over it?

useless can’t even begin to describe this government.

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The health ministry has found about 11 million cloth masks, or about 15 percent of those checked, defective, costing around 2.1 billion yen just for the inspections.

Despite all the hawkish language towards China, I would not be surprised if the Abe connected contractors outsourced to a manufacturer using Xinjiang slave labor cotton.

The Japanese media will not follow the money trail even though the LDP just put forward taxpayer money for an initiative to ensure human rights in the global supply chain. as long as it does not endanger LDP/Japan Inc. interests.

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The health ministry has found about 11 million cloth masks, or about 15 percent of those checked, defective, costing around 2.1 billion yen just for the inspections.

Don't waste public money for it. Charge inspection costs and compensations from commissioned companies who handled Abenomasks.

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The Abe government's well-intended cloth mask distribution

A very disputable claim and par for the course for Kyodo. What about the new reports of contractors tied to Abe and LDP cronies almost two years ago? And of using lowest bid Chinese manufacturers as a way to maximize profits, leading to numerous defects in a simple cloth mask? Is investigating a supply chain and stakeholders too much for the newshounds at Kyodo?

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Get Abe wear them for the rest of his life.

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Who takes responsibility for all that money loss of public money ?

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Couldn’t they all be incinerated to produce electricity?

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The Abe government's well-intended cloth mask distribution apparently backfired due to delivery delays and the discovery of defective ones.

This is an unusually generous way of framing it. It wasn’t “well intentioned” nor was it well planned, well thought out or well advised. And saying it backfired later on is misleading since it incorrectly implies the plan would have worked but for these unfortunate events completely outside Abe’s control. No, deliveries weren’t delayed, the plan from day 1 envisaged them being delivered far too late for to be of use. And there weren’t just a few defective ones that were discovered, all 287 million of them were defectively designed to be too small to be of any use, which is why they are being thrown out now.

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So they destroy what were useless masks anyway . Good lord waist follows waist right back to…no not Abe he is too honest to be involved in any corruption.

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Waste a freaking waste of money. PM Kishida should have made Abe and those responsible for this whole fiasco cover the cost with their salary.

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