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Masked Japan: 90% cover face 1 month after rules lifted

Many feel pressure from peers and workplaces to continue masking

Office workers commute in Tokyo. Many Japanese businesses still ask employees to wear masks after the government eased its guidance.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The vast majority of Japanese workers choose to wear masks as part of their daily routine, a private-sector survey shows, despite the government easing rules on masking one month ago.

Of roughly 750 working adults, 39.6% said they wear a mask "unconditionally," according to a poll conducted April 5-7 by Laibo, a Tokyo-based career development agency. Another 53.4% said they wear masks depending on the situation.

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