• Kyodo News


Most face masks claiming to cut exposure to viruses by 95 percent or more fall short of the mark, prompting the government to issue directives to suppliers.

The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan examined 15 brands of masks sold at convenience stores and mass retailers in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture between August and October, of which 11 underperformed.

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