Face masks have become widely available in Japan again after a massive shortage over the past few months due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, bubble tea chain Florflor has decided to give each of its customers a free tapioca drink if they donate their unneeded government-issued masks.
All Florflor shops in Aichi, Fukui and Shiga prefectures are collecting the masks – they must be unopened – and donating them to schools, nurseries and care homes in the neighbourhood. The so-called ‘Abenomasks’, a pun on Abenomics, the name for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies, are smaller compared to conventional face masks, meaning they’re ideal for kids in primary schools and preschools.
Anyone who donates an unopened pack of masks until June 30 receives a free bubble tea of their choice. To prevent a mass donation of masks by thirsty neighbourhood kids, minors need permission from parents or guardians to donate the masks.
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