There are many makers of face masks and with the Swine Flu panic they are all seeing booming sales. My local convenience store is regularly running out of stock as people flood in to buy everytime the media reminds them they are in danger.
Now there is a new type of mask. No need to strap this one to your ear lobes to stop it falling off your face, this one actually sticks to your face.
One mask costs YEN 945. The manufacturer, Earth Pharmaceutical (アース製薬) expect to sell about 2,000,000 of these masks by March next year. They will be on sale from September 15, 2009. Expect them to leave the shelves quickly.
Here is a quick video snippet from the morning TV, showing the mask