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GOJ considering banning resale of disinfectant products

  • May 19, 2020
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NHK reported that Health Minister Kato disclosed to the press today that the GOJ plans to ban the resale of disinfectant products as they are in short supply amid the coronavirus outbreak. Kato reportedly said: “We have been asking people to refrain from selling disinfectant products on the Internet. However, there is no sign of a decline in the number of these products being resold at prices higher than the original prices. We can expect a further increase in demand as the economy reopens.” The minister reportedly added: “We are considering revising an ordinance to add disinfectant to the list of products banned for resale based on the Act on Emergency Measures for Stabilizing Living Conditions of the Public, and penalize those who resell such products.” The network said the ordinance would ban the resale of high-potency alcohol and sanitizing wipes that contain alcohol in addition to disinfectant, and the punishment would be the same as the one for the resale of face masks — a one-year prison sentence or a fine of one million yen (approximately $9,300).

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