Japan gov't to ban resale of disinfectant ahead of economic reopening
Kyodo -- May 18
The Japanese government has decided to ban reselling of disinfectant ahead of reopening the economy across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

Individuals and businesses will be banned from reselling disinfectant at a price higher than its purchase price, they said. The Cabinet is expected to approve the ban on Friday.

Punishment will be a one-year prison sentence, a 1 million yen ($9,300) fine or both, as is the case with the resale of face masks.

新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大で品薄が続く「消毒液」について、政府は転売禁止の対象とする方針を固めました。  政府は3月からマスクについて、購入した値段よりも高値での転売を法律で禁止しています。消毒液についても転売行為が見られ、事業者から規制を求める声が上がっていることや、今後、経済活動の再開で需要が増える可能性が高いことから、政府は転売禁止の対象とする方針を固めました。除菌シートや消毒液の代わりに使えるアルコール濃度が高い酒も対象になる見通しです。違反すると、1年以下の懲役か100万円以下の罰金が科せられる方向です。政府は22日にも新たな政令を閣議決定する方針です。
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