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Japan’s Uniqlo for creating masks with lingerie

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a Uniqlo store in Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, October 22, 2019.REUTERS / Heo Ran

TOKYO (Reuters) ̵

1; The Japanese casual clothing chain Uniqlo, owned by Fast Retailing (9983.T), said it plans to sell face masks made of fabric used for its Airism lingerie line in response to strong demand for coronavirus protective equipment.

The company had previously been careful about making face masks, but a spokeswoman said it changed after receiving numerous requests from customers to do them.

Details of prices and launch date would be announced at a later date, she said on Monday.

The Airism lingerie has a specially developed fabric known for a smooth, silky feel. The company says the fabric also keeps the wearer cool during the summer months by releasing moisture and heat.

Face masks have been deficient in Japan since the coronavirus epidemic swept the country, which got companies such as the sportswear brand Mizuno Corp (8022.T) and smartphone screen maker Sharp Corp (6753.T) to start producing them.

Reporting by Ritsuko Ando and Sakura Murakami; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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