Government-distributed cloth mask “Unit price is refrained from disclosure” Mr. Atsushi Tamura, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

Government-distributed cloth mask “Unit price is refrained from disclosure” Tamura, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare September 29, 15:45

As a new type of coronavirus countermeasure, Health, Labour and Welfare Minister Tamura indicated that he would not disclose the cloth mask distributed by the government to all households nationwide as a response under the contract, against a court request for disclosure of the amount of money ordered by a university professor in Kobe City to suppliers.

In response to the government’s distribution of two cloth masks to all households as a new type of coronavirus, a university professor in Kobe City has filed a court case seeking to clarify that it is unfair not to disclose how much masks were ordered for each supplier.

On this, Health, Labour and Welfare Minister Tamura said at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting, “In the middle of no time, there is a history of being forced to gather by companies. I think there are some things that compare to the unit price of a mask in plain time, but it’s a story that each company is doing with effort.”

On that basis, he said, “Disclosure of information has an impact on corporate activities, and the contract is not disclosed in the first place, and we are refraining from disclosing the unit price of each company.”

As a new type of coronavirus, the government has announced in June that it will distribute a total of 120 million cloth masks to all households nationwide from April to June, with a total of 26 billion yen in procurement and 7.6 billion yen in shipping costs.