Japan has no shortage of quirky underwear gimmicks, from fart-eating skivvies to panty-dispensing vending machines. But the Fukushima nuclear disaster is no joke, so let’s at least keep the snickering to a minimum.
Osaka-based materials company Yamamoto has developed anti-radiation underwear and swimwear that protects the body’s most sensitive parts from harmful gamma rays.
Inspired by the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant — caused by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 – the underwear weighs 7.5 pounds and consists of a top and bottom made from lead-based fabric. According Yamamoto, when it goes on the market, the underwear will cost about $825.
Made out of carbon-embedded rubber to block radiation, the wetsuit weighs 6.6 pounds and is expected to sell for $1,073, starting in November.
As you can imagine, the bodywear is not made for happy-go-lucky people seeking a leisurely stroll or swim by leaking nuclear plants. Both garments were developed for land and water workers in Fukushima who are still trying to contain the waste that continues to seep into the groundwater. The suits would effectively be worn as added protection, in conjunction with traditional radiation suits.
These undergarments may not turn any heads or show up any runways, but when it comes to keeping one’s nether regions radiation-free, I say “the bigger and uglier, the better.”