Japan unveils $800 radiation-proof underwear

Yamamoto says its underwear (left) protects against gamma rays, while its swimsuit blocks beta rays.

(Credit: Yamamoto)

We’ve seen plenty of bizarre fashions from Japan, especially in the underwear department.

There have been briefs that eat your farts, mini underwear for iPhones, and bras that grow rice or become industrial fuel.

Those are all nearly, but not completely, jokes. As would seem to be the case with some new anti-radiation underwear and swimwear from Osaka-based materials company Yamamoto. But it’s for real.

Developed in response to the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster, the underwear would protect the most sensitive parts of the body from harmful gamma rays.

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