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Japan finds ways to make masks cool as virus runs into summer

Consumers clamor for products from sprays to cooling packs to beat the heat wave

Big Bio, Descente and other companies have come up with inventive products to help consumers survive this year's hot temperatures as they guard themselves against the coronavirus. (Source photos by Big Bio and Descente) 

TOKYO -- Japan fears two things will be on a simultaneous rise this summer: temperatures and the number of coronavirus cases. Fortunately, the country's inventive manufacturers have answers to both.

From mint sprays to cool face masks, businesses are cashing in as Japan's notorious summer heat makes itself felt amid the pandemic. Customers already well primed to try to reduce the risk of heatstroke are snapping up anything that can help make a face mask -- normally worn to contain winter colds -- more bearable as the Mercury surges.

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