Gary Dexter

Why the Japanese love wearing facemasks

Hiding the face stimulates the erotic imagination in Japan

On any given street in Tokyo today, almost everyone will be wearing a mask. The Covid-19 death toll in Japan is around 1,500 in a country of 126 million people. This is dramatically less than the UK’s, yet everyone still covers up, and there are hardly any anti-mask movements of the sort that have become popular in Europe and America.

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