CHIGASAKI, Kanagawa (TR) – T-shirts given to participants of a national stand-up paddleboarding tournament here left at least 24 with burns and rashes, including one who was hospitalized, Fuji News Network reported on Sunday (September 11).
At least 24 people who wore t-shirts given out by Stand Up Paddle Union Japan, which ran the tournament, started reporting symptoms like rash and burns before seeking medical treatment, police said, adding one of them was hospitalized.
A tournament participant said they “thought the t-shirt felt a little slimy after I got out of the water. My back became covered in blisters and it hurt. I can’t sleep well either because it’s my back.”
The union is rushing to recover the some 360 faulty t-shirts it handed out because of possible chemical residue left on the fabric from the manufacturing process.
Police are investigating the union and the t-shirt manufacturer for possible professional negligence resulting in injury.