PM Abe stops donning his much-touted government-sponsored mask
Kyodo -- Aug 02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday appeared for the first time in public since April without wearing his much-touted government-sponsored mask, which has been derided as a symbol of his administration's out-of-step policy against the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of donning what became known as the "Abenomask," which was so small that it rode up on his face, Abe seemed more comfortable wearing one similar to commercially available ones, which fully covered the lower half of his face.

Abe's new cloth mask was made in Fukushima Prefecture. He wore it when he attended a government meeting to discuss responses to the pandemic held at his office.

安倍総理大臣が、いわゆる「アベノマスク」をやめて一般的なマスクを着け始めました。  1日午後に安倍総理が着けていたマスクは福島県で作られたもので、復興支援を兼ねて着用したということです。今までのガーゼのマスクに比べて顔を覆う面積が広くなっています。安倍総理は4月に布マスクをすべての世帯に配布する方針を示してから先月31日までアベノマスクを着けてきました。しかし、マスクの1カ月あたりの供給量が10億枚に達する見通しであることや価格が下がって今月中にも転売規制が解除される見込みであることなどから、アベノマスクに限らず他のマスクも使うことを決めたということです。厚生労働省によりますと、アベノマスクの全世帯に向けた配布には約260億円がかかっています。
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