Japan is always on the forefront of new and innovative and downright weird fashion trends, and with the recent disaster at the Fukushima power plant, it’s really not THAT shocking to learn that a company is selling radiation-proof underwear.
The underwear is actually made from a biorubber material designed to block radiation from contaminated water. According to the Yamamoto Corporation, which sounds only slightly like an evil company hoping to take over the world (it’s actually an Osaka-based swimwear company), the wetsuit-like piece of clothing contains “micro-sized bubbles” that block almost 100% of beta rays. It’ll retail for about 105,000 yen (£663).
But wait, there’s more! For just 80,850 yen (£511), you can purchase anti-radiation underwear made of a lead-based fabric to prevent those pesky gamma rays from mutating your genitals. It weighs 7.5 pounds and also protects the spine and lower abdomen, so rest assured that you can traipse through radiation-filled areas without worrying about the safety of your reproductive organs.
The Fukushima nuclear power plant went through a triple meltdown and hydrogen explosions after the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that rocked the area in 2011. Recently, radioactive water leaks have plagued the plant, making the release of these special protective garments a rather welcome event for the many workers who have to work in and around the area.