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Itochu and Kowa to recall masks after defects in Japan handout

The two companies said they procured the products from overseas

Masked faces at a Tokyo train station: Distributing the protective gear to every household was an early step in the Japanese government's nationwide response to the coronavirus outbreak.   © Reuters

TOKYO (KYODO) -- Two Japanese companies said Thursday they are recalling all undelivered cloth masks they supplied under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's mask handout program to address the novel coronavirus pandemic following numerous complaints of tainted products earlier this month.

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