19 Jul '11, 4am

'Air-conditioned clothes' help Japan beat heat

'Air-conditioned clothes' help Japan beat heat

TODA, Japan: As jackets go it looks far from fashionable, but its Japanese maker cannot meet sky-rocketing demand for "air conditioned" coats with built-in fans. Kuchofuku Co. Ltd, whose name literally means "air-conditioned clothing", has seen orders soar amid power shortages in Japan after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. As parts of the nation sweat out an uncomfortable summer shackled by restrictions on electricity use, demand has grown for goods that provide guilt-free respite from the unrelenting summer heat. Two electric fans in the jacket can be controlled to draw air in at different speeds, giving the garment a puffed-up look. But this has not deterred those happy to be cool rather than "hot" when it comes to fashion. "I work in a very hot place and have to wear long sleeved outfits, so I came over to buy this to stay cool and to prevent heat strok...

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