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Japan's Nisshinbo rolls out masks made from men's shirts

Textile maker aims to sell 20,000 washable pieces per month

Textile maker Nisshinbo Holdings plans to sell 20,000 washable cloth masks per month to alleviate a shortage of masks as the number of COVID-19 cases in Japan continues to rise.

TOKYO -- Textile manufacturer Nisshinbo Holdings is rolling out masks made from fabric normally used for men's shirts, as the new coronavirus outbreak spreads rapidly in Japan.

Nisshinbo hopes to sell around 20,000 marks a month online and at its stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The Japanese company has not made masks before, but has begun making them from materials for men's shirts as the number of coronavirus infections surges in Japan. Nisshinbo plans to upgrade its domestic plants to increase production.

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