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Last Updated: Monday January 19 2009 14:01 GMT

Masks fly off the shelves

Check out these rubber masks of America's new president Barack Obama.

The rubbery faces are selling like hot cakes in Japan, with more than 2,500 flying off shop shelves since December.

The factory making them reckons the Obama masks are so popular they're even on course to outsell the mask of Japan's former popular prime minister Junichiro Koizumi.

The prime minister's mask is their best-selling mask of a politician to date, having sold 3,500 in two years.