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COVID chic: Japan's $1,000 face mask

Tokyo store attracts buyers with collection of over 5,000 masks

"The response has been beyond our imagination," says store manager Saya Takahata. Retailing for just over $1,000, the luxury facemask features about 700 Swarovski crystals. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- Stretching beneath Tokyo Station is one of the capital's biggest shopping malls, with around 180 shops ranging from the toniest fashion outlets to gourmet restaurants. One boutique that opened in September -- a sign of the times -- is getting a lot of attention:

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