When the coronavirus pandemic began over two years ago, people in Japan quickly donned masks en masse with little complaint. But now the government has relaxed its guidance on outdoor mask usage, the message appears not to be filtering through. Photo: AP
When the coronavirus pandemic began over two years ago, people in Japan quickly donned masks en masse with little complaint. But now the government has relaxed its guidance on outdoor mask usage, the message appears not to be filtering through. Photo: AP
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Coronavirus: Japan has dropped its outdoor mask mandate, but the message has not filtered through to the public

  • A Laibo survey found just 30.3 per cent of people would stop wearing masks because the government said it was OK to do so
  • It was common to wear a mask before the pandemic, as people could put on a face cover after catching a cold, rather than to avoid one

When the coronavirus pandemic began over two years ago, people in Japan quickly donned masks en masse with little complaint. But now the government has relaxed its guidance on outdoor mask usage, the message appears not to be filtering through. Photo: AP
When the coronavirus pandemic began over two years ago, people in Japan quickly donned masks en masse with little complaint. But now the government has relaxed its guidance on outdoor mask usage, the message appears not to be filtering through. Photo: AP
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