Japanese disaster workers could soon be wearing lead-based underwear and carbon wetsuits.
Japanese swimwear company Yamamoto Corporation have created a line of clothing that includes wetsuits and underwear to protect people from harmful radiation. What seems like a clever marketing stunt is actually an effort to protect clean-ups crews still working on the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The radiation-proof range of clothing includes a wetsuit made from rubberized kneaded carbon, a material which the company claims can stop 100% of beta radiation. Weighing in at just 3 kilograms, the suit is more rigid than a regular wetsuit to prevent seepage, as well as illness and cancer.
For those not in need of full-body cover, the company is also developing lead-based underwear to block harmful gamma rays. The underwear weighs about 3.4kg and is unlikely to be the most comfortable proposition, but for the sake of protecting essential reproductive organs, it’s unlikely to attract many complaints.
Protection form radiation poisoning doesn’t come cheap, with the wetsuit expected to cost just over $1,000, and the underwear around $825 when they are released in November.
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