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Why do Japanese People Wear Surgical Masks?

When you visit Japan, you may be surprised to see so many people wearing masks.  It is very rare to see people walking around, while wearing surgical masks, in the U.S, Canada and many other countries.  So, why do Japanese people wear these masks?  Here are some of the most common reasons for people in Japan to wear masks:

1. Prevention of Hay Fever and other other airborne allergens.

2. Prevention of getting, or giving, colds and Influenza.

3. To reduce the amount of pollution inhaled.

4. As a fashion accessory.
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5. To hide part of their face.

6. To fit in with the rest of the Japanese public.

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