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In Yazuka 0, I often see people with the 'You can talk to' bubble above their head.

Being a good open world player and wanting to get all the quests, I talk to them, just to be given tissues that seem to have no use.

So... why is everybody giving me tissues?

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    Japanese stores stereotypically have people outside advertising by handing out tissues.
    – pboss3010
    Mar 10 at 20:21
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    Not only the stores, some of organization such as UNICEF (of Japan) hands tissues. I've never ran out of pocket tissues in Japan, lol.
    – Skye-AT
    Mar 11 at 1:00
  • @Skye-AT Are they proper tissues or those useless semitransparent things that disintegrate at the first encounter with liquid as they have in Thailand?
    – AndreKR
    Mar 12 at 22:24
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    @AndreKR It's a good tissue, it works fine. Never had such an problem.
    – Skye-AT
    Mar 13 at 2:24

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It should be related to real-life Tissue-pack marketing:

Tissue-pack marketing (ティッシュ配り) is a type of guerrilla marketing that is a phenomenon in Japan. Companies use small, portable tissue packages to move advertising copy directly into consumers' hands. About 4 billion of these packages of tissues are distributed on the streets annually in Japan—largely outside of subway stations. This industry generates sales in the range of ¥75 billion annually.

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    Had the feeling it was some cultural thing I was missing.
    – Fredy31
    Mar 11 at 13:50
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    That's why I love them, there's so much to discover
    – pinckerman
    Mar 11 at 17:33
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After doing a quick search around the Steam Discussions regarding this item, it seems the tissues have no use. You can give them to a certain police officer if you're searched, but you can hand nearly any item to him so it's not unique in this regard.

According to the forums I read, tissues are a common item in Japan so it would make sense that everyone would have one on-hand to give to you - even if you can't make use of it in-game.

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