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Japan unveils $800 radiation-proof underwear

If your job is cleaning up nuclear disasters, you might also want to consider a $1,000 anti-radiation swimsuit.

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

It consists of a top and bottom and is made of lead-based fabric. Weighing 7.5 pounds and probably not very comfortable, it will be priced at about $825 when it goes on sale, according to Yamamoto.

Meanwhile, a wet suit-style garment it showed off recently can apparently block nearly 100 percent of beta rays.

Weighing some 6.6 pounds, the swimsuit is made of rubber embedded with carbon to block the radiation. It's priced at about $1,073 and is slated to go on sale in late November.

Both garments are targeted at workers on land and in the water who are struggling to contain Tokyo Electric Power's leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was severely damaged following an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

They would be worn with conventional radiation suits for added protection. With groundwater radiation levels at the plant spiking recently, the Fukushima workers seem to need all the help they can get.

(Via The Telegraph)