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Why is Japan unable or unwilling to unmask?

Despite a need for balance, society sticks to habit amid COVID-19

Many people in Japan wear masks outdoors, even as many other countries have moved away from the coverings. (Photo by Tetsuya Kitayama)

TOKYO -- The day that Japanese society will finally rid itself of the mask has once again become elusive.

Not only has Japan entered its eighth wave of COVID-19 infections, according to experts, but the annual flu season is expected to coincide with it.

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