High - Alcohol Sanitizer Substitutes Resold Online

High-alcohol sanitizer substitutes resold online

Drinks with high-alcohol content are being resold online in Japan at marked-up prices. This follows a decision by the health ministry to allow medical facilities to use such products as substitutes for sanitizer.

The ministry announced the measure earlier this month to make up for shortages caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Some beverage makers have started marketing their products as sanitizer substitutes. But some of these items are being resold on online auction sites and flea market apps at prices two to three times the original.

Japanese law requires dealers of alcoholic beverages to have a sales license.

The tax agency says the purchase and resale of alcoholic products in large quantities by unlicensed individuals could be a violation of the law.