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Japan preps first subsidy to company moving production out of China

Iris Ohyama to bring mask manufacturing to home base

Iris Ohyama will also make the main materials that go into masks in Japan.

TOKYO/SENDAI, Japan -- Consumer products maker Iris Ohyama is set to become the first Japanese company to receive a government subsidy to shift production out of China as part of an effort to build more resilient supply chains.

Starting June, Iris will begin producing face masks at its Kakuda factory in its home base located in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan. The company will produce masks from scratch, including the nonwoven fabric, in order to be independent of overseas suppliers. It plans to produce 150 million masks a month by August.

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