Japan rolls out radiation-proof undies in Fukushima's wake

A swimwear company in Japan just unveiled their newest line of fashionable undies and drysuits (a sort of wetsuit). Not just your average board shorts, the new product line from Yamamoto Corporation is made with a very particular swimmer in mind: Fukushima clean-up crews.

The clothing is being called "radiation shield wear," and Yamamoto says it differs from traditional radiation protective clothing. The first layer of protection is a pair of lead-lined underwear that keeps harmful gamma rays away from your abdomen and lower spine, where it could do irreparable harm.

Over these uncomfortable-looking crotch guards you then sling on a beta ray-shielding drysuit. Instead of being lined with lead, the drysuit is instead designed to stop radioactive materials from sticking to your person. In small doses, beta radiation is a manageable problem, but when radioactive material sticks to you, you're quickly exposed to much higher levels of the stuff.

To keep this from happening, the drysuit has had all of its seams completely fused, with extra layers of protection added to its hands and feet. Unlike many other drysuits, which are used for diving into frigid water, the Yamamoto drysuit will cover all of your extremities. No water, radioactive or not, will be getting into this sucker. The only opening in the suit is one for your face mask.

Yamamoto Corporation is slated to begin selling its radiation shielding garments later this month. The drysuit will run you $1,072, while the lead-lined underwear will cost an additional $825. On the plus side, you might even be able to procure your nuclear winter survival undies before the end of the holiday season, making these a perfect gift for that bunker-dwelling survivalist in your life.

Yamamoto Corporation, via Ecouterre

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