Jared Adler, a foreigner living in Japan, recently posted a photo of a pack of face masks he bought at a local 7-Eleven in Japan. He shared his surprise and glee in discovering that they were “Made in Taiwan”.
According to Adler’s tweets, he had been combing local drug stores and convenience stores for face masks every week, but the only equipment he found was either unbranded or made in China.
In his tweets, Adler explained that he had only come across one type of masks made in Japan since May, and he was extremely happy to have found face masks made in Taiwan.
7-eleven brand mask are made in taiwan 💯 pic.twitter.com/F5kgxDJkxf
— Jared Adler (@jaredadler) July 8, 2020
The post garnered more than 700 likes with people sharing praises on both Twitter and Reddit that the face masks are a demonstration that “Taiwan Can Help” and are of “high quality.”
According to reports, following the ban on face masks exports in Jan. 24 by the Taiwanese government, a long-term masks supplier for 7-Elevens in Japan, Yu Yuang Textile Co. Ltd., (裕源紡織) worked out a deal with the government to continue supplying face masks to Japan as long as they provide fabric to produce more in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s face masks have become increasingly popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the country donated millions worldwide to help meet global surging demands.
The donations were put to good use as even White House officials were seen wearing “MIT” face masks during a press conference when regulations were put in place.
Since the outbreak, Taiwan has managed to quell local infections, subsequently lifting the face mask export ban on June 1. As fears of a second wave of the virus arise, Taiwan’s “high-quality” face masks are sure to be a big help.