Japan electronics maker Sharp to make masks at display plant

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By YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Electronics maker Sharp Corp. will start making surgical masks, which are in high demand because of the virus outbreak, using a plant in central Japan that usually makes displays.

Sharp, owned by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., also known as FoxConn, of Taiwan, said Monday production starts at its Mie Prefecture plant by the end of this month, at 150,000 masks a day, and that will rise to 500,000 a day.

Masks have been hard to find on store shelves, especially Japan. Electronics panels are made in what are called "germ-free" plants, making it a good place for mask-making.  

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