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Japan: Radiation fears spur the ‘fashionable’ surgical masks of Tokyo

Reporting from Tokyo— Leaning against a wall in the busy Akihabara electronics district here, Tomomitsu Funayama was enjoying a do-nothing day off from his architectural job. Yet he looked less like a slacker than a surgeon late for a big operation.

For years, the 26-year-old Tokyo native had resisted the urge to follow the millions in this city who don face masks during the "wheeze and sneeze" hay fever and flu seasons to protect against allergens and help stop the spread of germs.

This year, Funayama joined the pack. But it wasnt pollen that concerned him; it was radioactive isotopes.

Read the rest of the story: Japan nuclear crisis: Radiation fears boost sales of surgical masks in Tokyo.