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Japanese stay cool with air-conditioned jackets
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Jul '11
In the midst of soaring summer temperatures, Japanese employees working in overheated environments, have found a new method of staying cool. They are opting to wear jackets that have inbuilt air conditioning fans.

The ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis has spurred the sales of cooling garments in Japan, as a way of conserving energy. Clothes with inbuilt air conditioning system are now being considered as a more ingenious way of staying cool while saving energy.

For instance, a cooling jacket manufactured by Kuchofuku Co Ltd has two electric fans that run on a lithium-ion battery pack. Since the battery lasts up to 11 hours after a single charge, it consumes much less energy compared to normal air conditioning system.

The jacket draws in up to 20 litres of air per second, which escapes through cuffs and collar after circulating inside the garment. This helps workers stay cool and prevent heat stroke.

Hiroshi Ichigaya, President of Kuchofuku says, “It is not required to cool the entire room for people to feel cool.” His company's is expecting the sales of air conditioned garments to rise to 40,000 this summer, double the last year's figure.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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