Industry Groups and the Novel Coronavirus
On February 28th, the Japan Household Paper Industry Association released a statement concerning the hoarding of tissue and toilet paper, as part of the reaction to the increased infection of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“There will absolutely be no problem in supply, as long as we avoid excessive purchases. We wish for everyone to remain composed.”
The response was made by an associate in charge of covering joint communications. The response also stated that manufacturers have not been affected by the current situation.
Toilet paper distributed within the country are mostly produced in Japan, with very few imported from overseas, including from China. As for tissue paper, in terms of regular use, there is about two months worth of supply domestically.
“Masks are made from different materials, and the percentage of masks made from overseas as low. Stocks will not be depleted,” stressed the associate.
According to a major manufacturer, since February 27th, there has been a surge of inquiries such as, “Why are shop stocks empty?” and “What is the production status?”
In a press conference on February 28th, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoki Okada addressed the current situation in which production and supply are at normal levels, and called out to the public,
“I wish for everyone’s cooperation to prevent the situation where supply becomes unavailable to those who really need it, because of acts such as buying up all the products and reselling.”
In Kumamoto Prefecture’s Kumamoto City, where toilet paper is selling out in quick succession, City Mayor Kazufumi Onishi made a request in a press conference and on Twitter for everyone to avoid hoarding and to remain calm.