Chinese tourists visiting Japan are buying facemasks to take home to protect themselves from the pneumonia outbreak believed to be caused by a new coronavirus.
Many Chinese travelers were buying masks at a drugstore in a departure lobby at Narita Airport, outside Tokyo, on Thursday.
Drugstore staff say there has been an unprecedented surge in the number of Chinese people buying masks since the outbreak was first reported.
A woman from Dalian in Liaoning Province said facemasks are popular souvenirs from Japan because they are disappearing from stores across China.
A man from Ningbo in Zhejiang Province said he's not overly worried but he bought some masks for his family and friends because it's becoming difficult to find them in China.