If you’re planning to swim anywhere near Fukushima waters anytime soon, you might need to get yourself a pair of this new line of underwear and swimwear, especially created to protect you from radiation. Japanese swimwear company Yamamoto Corporation has launched a unique creation made out of biorubber material that claims it blocks almost 100% of beta rays and will protect its wearer from being exposed to harmful and contaminated materials.
As fears over radiation contamination continue due to recent revelations from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the Osaka-based company came up with the wetsuit-style swimwear that has micron-sized bubbles and weighs around 3 kilograms. Its design is completely fused so that the contaminated water will not seep through the suit. Obviously, it’s not something that is meant for everyday wear (unless you plan to do some daily deep-sea diving in the area) but is targeted for those working in the highly contaminated areas inside and around the Fukushima plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. It is a form of additional protection aside from their traditional anti-radiation gear. The company is also developing lead-based fabric underwear to protect the wearer from gamma ray contamination. It is designed to protect the spine and lower abdomen from being exposed to gamma rays and will weigh 3.4 kilograms.
The two lines are set for release in November and will cost $1000 for the swimsuit and $825 for the underwear. It might be highly expensive but for people who constantly have to go into highly irradiated areas, this is not a steep price to pay. The problem is these workers may not be able to afford such additional protection. Would it be too much to ask Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to buy these for their workers, given the recent report by UN scientists that they may be underestimating by 20% the internal radiation doses that the Fukushima workers are getting? Let’s not hold our breath though.
[ via Telegraph ]