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Japan Gets Anti-Radiation Swimwear and Underwear

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Radiation is serious—especially in Japan. With the country still dealing with a nuclear disaster, people need to protect themselves.

Osaka-based swimwear company Yamamoto Corporation unveiled anti-radiation work wear in the form of a wetsuit made from rubberized kneaded carbon. It can stop nearly 100 percent of harmful beta rays.


Beta particles can change the structure of molecules, leading to cancer and death. Obviously, this wetsuit is designed with Fukushima clean-up crews in mind.

Weighing only 3 kilograms, the wetsuit stretches, but has stitching that is completely fused so contaminated water cannot seep through. According to 47News, the wetsuit will be released in late November.


Yamamoto Corporation is also developing lead-based underwear to stop harmful gamma rays. It weighs 3.4 kilograms.

The wetsuit is priced at 105,000 yen (US$1,072) and the underwear is 80,850 yen ($825).


放射線を遮る作業服開発 山本化学工業、下着も [47News]

Photo: 山本化学工業

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