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Sharp to mass-produce masks, using clean rooms

Electronics maker will make 150,000 a day following government request

Masks are inspected at a factory in Nagoya. Sharp will start production of its own masks in response to the Japanese government's call for increased supplies. (Photo by Takashi Uema)

TOKYO -- Electronics maker Sharp will start making surgical masks in Japan next month, becoming the first domestic company outside the health industry to do so in response to a government call of increased production.

Production is to begin in mid-March, with a daily capacity of 150,000 masks, Nikkei learned on Friday.

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