Trump win boosts Ja­pan mask maker

Sunday Express - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe. The com­pany started sell­ing the Trump masks, which cost 2,400 yen ($21), in May and had shifted about 1 800 by Elec­tion Day.

But de­mand surged af­ter Trump won, with sales of 5 000 masks within sev­eral days, Yag­i­hara said. Ogawa Stu­dios ex­pects to ship a fur­ther 8 000 Trump masks by the end of this year, he added.

The stu­dio’s ar­ray in­cludes those of politi­cians, car­toon char­ac­ters, sumo wrestlers and even one mod­elled on a bronze statue of the Bud­dha.

One of the more suc­cess­ful masks was of Obama, Yag­i­hara said.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of Mr Obama’s was far be­yond that of Mr Trump’s but I have high hopes he will catch up,” he said.

— AFP

Em­ploy­EEs pro­duce rubber masks of Us pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump at the ogawa stu­dios mask fac­tory in saitama, north of Tokyo.

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