Masked Nation

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As the public use of surgical masks becomes widespread in Japan, people have started using them as fashion items, to enhance their beauty, to hide ungroomed faces and conceal identities.

Now an increasing number of youngsters are becoming dependent on wearing these masks to cope with the anxiety they feel when interacting with people. While initially comforting, mask dependency further alienates them from society and worsens their mental problems.

Will they ever be able to take off the mask?

Director Luis Patrón
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Culture / Society / Life
Air Date (JST) Mon., Apr. 9, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Feb. 5, 2018

On Demand


Luis Patrón

Luis Patrón


Born in Mexico in 1972, Luis produces and directs documentaries and news reports for networks and organizations around the world. NHK, Al Jazeera, VPRO, the Wall Street Journal, and the United Nations, have all acquired his works. With a uniquely creative approach, Luis explores a variety of subjects in the fields of science, technology, nature, wildlife, culture, and contemporary Japan.


Back to the Land, 2016
Hungry for Bugs?, 2015
Girl Under the Sea, 2014
Black for life, 2011
Voices of the Chichinautzin, 2007

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