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Unicharm joins Japan's quest for more N95 masks amid COVID wave

Hospitals run low on supplies as number of coronavirus patients increases strain

Unicharm and other Japanese companies last year increased their domestic production of N95 masks to 15 million, up from 550,000 before the pandemic. (Source photos by Unicharm and Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Unicharm, the Japanese consumer goods group known for diapers and feminine hygiene products, plans to start producing 1 million medical-grade masks per month by spring.

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