Canned oxygen, anyone?
In a world where people happily pay significant sums for bottled water, we shouldn't be surprised that exhausted Japanese workers in need of a pick-me-up will soon be able to get a hit of canned oxygen at their local convenience store. Seven-Eleven Japan will start marketing the new product, "O2 Supli", at select stores in Tokyo later this month expanding sales nationwide in June.
"People under a lot of stress and who can't get much exercise aren't getting enough oxygen" said Minoru Matsumoto, a spokesman for Seven & I Holdings Co. Ltd., Seven Eleven's parent company. "This is especially true of people who do long hours of desk work in front of a computer. They don't breathe that deeply."
The oxygen will be sold for 600 yen ($5.50) in 3.2 liter spray cans of 95% pure oxygen, each of which comes with a small plastic mask attached to the top. Users place the mask over their mouth and nose, then push the nozzle, which dispenses oxygen for two to three seconds. Each can contains enough oxygen for about 35 doses, in either a grapefruit or peppermint fragrance.