>> This is Trump's politics in Japan. The US President-elect's victory may have rattled Tokyo, but at this rubber mask factory, there is no time to fret about the future. It's swamped with orders, and is struggling to keep up. I'm Teppei Kasai for Reuters, just outside of Tokyo, Ogawa studio.
Trump won the election just two weeks ago, but orders for these Trump masks have been rolling in. The factory owner actually told me earlier, that some of the workers are so exhausted, they had to take time off. The masks will be going on sale only here in Japan.
Orders tripled in October, thanks to a boost from Halloween, and Trump's shock victory has kept demand strong. The factory owner Takahiro Yagihara, saying his team will be working full throttle until the end of the year, when many Japanese will be hitting the New Year party scene, in costume.
He says the boom is bitter-sweet.>>
>> Yes, we've been selling more, but Mr Trump's presidency isn't exactly good news for Japan, so I feel a little conflicted. Yagihara also says the masks might be a chance for people to let off a little steam, and, in his words, it's a way for shy people to build a wall between themselves and the outside world.
The factory also makes Hillary Clinton masks, but orders for those are drying up quickly. It seems the popular vote for Japanese dress-up fans, is for the Donald.