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Uniqlo's 'cool and dry' face mask to debut on June 19

Pack of three to cost $9; available in three sizes but only white

Fast Retailing, operator of Uniqlo, plans to produce around 500,000 packages of masks per week.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo, owned by Fast Retailing, announced on Monday that it will start selling "AIRism" face masks in Japan on June 19.

The masks are made of the same material used for the brand's AIRism underwear that is touted as cool and dries quickly. The masks are made of three layers, one of which is a filter to block bacteria and pollen. Another layer blocks ultraviolet rays.

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