Japan Politician Apologizes for Face Mask Price Gouging

Hiroyuki Morota

SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) — A local assemblyman in central Japan apologized Monday for price gouging during the coronavirus crisis after it was revealed he made 8.9 million yen ($87,000) by selling face masks via online auctions.

Hiroyuki Morota, a 53-year-old independent member of the Shizuoka prefectural assembly, admitted auctioning packets of 2,000 masks online from Feb. 4 at vastly inflated prices.

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