Japan will donate cutting-edge underwear made for astronauts to 33 Chilean miners trapped 700 meters underground for nearly 2 months to help them live comfortably.
They have been in a crowded shelter since August 5th when the gold and copper mine near the northern city of Copiapo suffered a cave-in. A rescue operation is under way.
Japan's space agency and 4 Japanese manufacturers decided to donate high-tech underwear and candy originally developed for Japanese astronauts during long-term space trips.
A sporting goods maker in Tokyo has offered 100 sets of sweat-absorbing and deodorant underwear woven with a special fiber.
The company says it wants the miners to live as comfortably as possible, despite the harsh circumstances.
The underwear and candy will be shipped to the Japanese embassy in Chile on Thursday.