Japan gov't to subsidize mask makers amid supply crunch

Kyodo News 2020年2月12日 21時54分
Japan has decided to subsidize companies planning to invest in increased production of face masks as the country struggles with a shortage amid the spread of the new coronavirus, a government official said Wednesday.The government plans to subsidize up to 30 million yen ($273,000) per production line, the official said, adding two-thirds of the cost will be funded for major manufacturers and three-quarters for smaller companies.The decision was made after the government asked mask manufacturers late last month to increase production.The government will provide the subsidies to selected compani...