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Coronavirus rumors fuel panic buying of toilet paper in Japan

Retailers and suppliers appeal for calm amid long lines and surging prices

Social media-fueled rumors that toilet paper will soon disappear have led to price spikes and stores running out of stock in Japan.

TOKYO -- Panicked Japanese consumers are stripping shelves bare of toilet paper, as unsubstantiated rumors of shortages stemming from the new coronavirus epidemic circulate on social media, sending prices soaring.

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