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Apocalypse Inc. rides North Korea bonanza

Nuclear shelter demand soars as fears mount

Workers lower an underground shelter produced by Japanese construction company Earth Shift Co. Inquiries on shelters and air purifiers have surged as tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula. (Photo provided by Earth Shift Co.)   © Earth-Shift Co.

TOKYO -- Fears of an apocalyptic nuclear war fueled by rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula have sent Japanese consumers flocking to makers of underground shelters and air purifiers.

The phenomenon, first reported in the run up to the April 25 anniversary of the foundation of North Korea's military, appears to still be going strongly even after the occasion passed without an anticipated nuclear test.

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