Sales of nuclear shelters and air purifiers surge in Japan

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Japanese are preparing for war with North Korea and buying up radiation-blocking equipment as tension continues to rise.

Reuters reported Monday that Japan is taking no chances and is experiencing skyrocketing sales of nuclear shelters and air purifiers as the country prepares for impending nuclear war.

Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, a small company based in western Japan, has reportedly sold out of 50 Swiss-made air purifiers and is scrambling to manufacture more, in order to meet demands.

An investment in such equipment does come at a steep price, with one air purifier designed to protect six people costing around $5,630 and one for as many as 13 people in a single family shelter can go for $15,440. Other shelters that house large groups can run $227,210 and require months of construction, according to the company’s director, Nobuko Oribe.

The shelter his company offers is a reinforced, air-tight basement with an air purifier that can block radiation as well as poisonous gas. The room is designed to withstand a blast even when a Hiroshima-class nuclear bomb exploded just 660 meters away, Oribe said.

Oribe said he has taken eight orders to build nuclear shelters just this month alone, which he normally only receives six orders per year.

“It takes time and money to build a shelter. But all we hear these days, in this tense atmosphere, is that they want one now,” director Nobuko Oribe said. “They ask us to come right away and give them an estimate.”

Additionally, a company called Earth Shift has seen an exponential increase in those seeking estimates coming from Japan for underground shelters, which began in February,  according to the company’s sales manager, Akira Shiga.

Japan is becoming increasingly concerned about possible gas attacks after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe allegedly told parliament’s diplomacy and defense committee earlier this month that North Korea may possess the technology to deliver missiles containing sarin nerve gas, though he did not provide concrete evidence.

“There is a possibility that North Korea already has a capability to put sarin on warheads to strike the ground,” Abe said.

On Friday, Japanese government officials encouraged local governments to hold evacuation drills in the event of a missile attack, which only stirred widespread fear.

In another attempt to demonstrate its military might, North Korea said on Sunday that it was prepared to destroy a U.S. aircraft carrier with a “single strike.”

The U.S. responded by ordering the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to the Korean peninsula amid mounting threats of nuclear and missile programs.

H/T: Reuters, Newsweek

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