Japan media praises Taiwan for 2 million face masks donation

A station passageway is crowded with face mask wearing commuters during a rush hour Monday, April 20, 2020, in Tokyo. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Japan Times, Japan’s largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper, reported on Tuesday that some 2 million face masks donated last week by Taiwan have arrived in Japan.

The masks will be delivered to public hospitals and special schools across Japan amid reports of the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’d like to again express our sincere gratitude for the warm cheers and support from Taiwan,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told Japanese media.

“We will continue boosting our cooperation with related countries and regions against the new coronavirus, which is a threat to all humankind,” the top government spokesman added.

Representatives from both Japan and Taiwan reportedly attended a ceremony on the tarmac at Narita airport near Tokyo as they watched the masks being carried out of an aircraft.

The Japan Times noted that “Taiwan at one point lacked masks but has since achieved production of 15 million masks daily, and succeeded in meeting domestic demand after its government asked the private sector to increase mask production.”