The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic caused a serious shortage of masks in Japan. The government has tried to combat the problem by distributing 30 million masks to medical institutions and sending two reusable masks to each household. Unfortunately, there is still a shortage of masks for Japan’s medical workers, whose heroic work puts them at risk of infection daily.
The Fukushigenba ni Mask wo project – which translates as ‘masks to welfare facilities’ – has been helping to provide face masks for medical and care workers since April 22. You can donate money directly by bank transfer or credit card, but that’s not the only way to support the project.
From May 25, a site called Osusowakeshi Mask will be selling packs of 55 face masks for ¥2,722 each. Five masks from each purchase will be donated to the Fukushigenba ni Mask wo project, and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to benefit the Econet Project, an organisation that helps recycle plastic and manufacture biodegradable products. Osusowake means ‘sharing a portion of what you have been given’, and you’ll certainly be doing that if you buy these masks.
You can also help the project by purchasing your daily dose of coffee from Social Good Roasters. Located near the heart of Tokyo’s coffee hub, Jimbocho, the cafe is staffed by baristas and roasters with disabilities. The shop is closed for the time being, but you can purchase the shop’s speciality coffee beans online. From May 20 to June 30, 10 percent of sales will go to the Fukushigenba ni Mask wo project.
However you choose to do it, help Japan’s medical workers if you can – and above all, stay safe.
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