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The board of audit understands that there were times when such purchases were inevitable.


A Cabinet Office representative. About 634 million yen worth of masks, protective gear and other products that local governments purchased with taxpayers' money in the battle against COVID-19 have never been used, a survey by the Board of Audit of Japan has found.

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Purchased with taxpayers' money in the battle against COVID-19 have never been used, 

Since it's local government that will exclude Abenomask, which by its own raised so many question.


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Well, masks are still a common sight so why can't they just flog them off to the worried-walking at a discount?

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Yeah. put boxes on the help desk at city halls, whoever wants them, can grab them,,,they've already been paid for.

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Sell them at half price at all the markets in Japan and use the money to help fund that 40,000 yen tax break they're going to give everyone. Hell, boost it up to 100,000 yen.

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I wonder if the same board would be sympathetic to a person who miscalculated their taxes. I know the IRS in the US would not…

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5 yen per person worth of PPE doesn't seem like that big of a deal. It's not like this stuff expires....

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