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Trump presidency boosts Japan mask maker

2016年 11月 21日 Monday - 01:19

A Japanese company which makes rubber Donald Trump masks says it's delighted with the level of business but not so happy he won the election. Paul Chapman reports.

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Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election is proving to be a double-edged sword for this rubber mask factory in Japan. On the one hand the chief director of Ogawa Rubber says sales are booming and the plant is working flat out. On the other hand he's not personally overjoyed about Trump's rise to the White House. (SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) CHIEF DIRECTOR OF OGAWA RUBBER INC, TAKAHIRO YAGIHARA, SAYING: "I don't think anyone expected Mr Trump to win. My feelings about his win are complex. Mr Trump's masks sell more but again , Mr Trump's presidency isn't exactly good news for Japan so I'm conflicted about those two ideas." Trump's raised concerns in Tokyo with comments on the possibility of the country acquiring nuclear weapons and demands for bigger payments from U.S. allies for keeping U.S. forces on their soil. Japanese worries have been further heightened by his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. But Ogawa's order books are looking decidedly worry-free. In the build-up to the U.S. election it has 600 orders for Trump masks and the firm expects demand to continue at least into the coming round of New Year parties.

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Trump presidency boosts Japan mask maker

2016年 11月 21日 Monday - 01:19