• Kyodo


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made his first public appearance without his state-sponsored mask, which is being derided as a symbol of his administration’s out-of-step policies for the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of donning what became known as the “Abenomask,” which was so small it rode up on his face, Abe on Saturday seemed to be wearing what appeared to be a commercially available mask that fully covered the lower half of his face.

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