Japan to modernise conventional “squat” bogs earlier than 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese government has launched a marketing campaign to transform a few of its conventional “squat” bogs to sit-on “western” fashions earlier than the nation’s capital, Tokyo, hosts the Olympics in 2020. Squat bogs – the place the consumer stands over the bowl – are significantly frequent in lots of Asian and African international locations.

Japanese bogs have gotten extra westernised to deal with confused travellers.  Image by Getty

From singing rest room bowls to seat-warming amenities, the nation is legendary for its modern approaches to the toilet however in keeping with the Japan Tourism Agency, round 40% of bogs in 4000 in style places are nonetheless “squatters”. A 2014 survey famous that 25% of vacationers visiting the nation didn’t know learn how to use the controls on a Japanese-style rest room.

“We are promoting the westernization of Japanese-style toilets and the installation of washlet-style toilets so that all tourists who visit Japan can fully enjoy sightseeing comfortably and without stress” spokesperson Shugo Harada of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) stated. “By creating comfortable public toilets that are unique to Japan we hope that it will help to further increase the number of tourists visiting Japan and result in higher levels of satisfaction among visitors”.

Madoka Kitamura, chairman of the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, exhibiting off unified indicators for high-tech rest room capabilities in Tokyo. Image by Getty Images/JIJI PRESS

Though optional to vary, grants and subsidiaries have been put into place accessible to native public organisations, non-public and industrial companies and councils to assist them enhance infrastructure for worldwide vacationers visiting Japan. The grant can be utilized to replace the bogs themselves, rising the variety of western-style bogs or updating them from an older mannequin to a more moderen mannequin.

A buyer appears at some sizzling water rest room seats or washlets at a division retailer in Tokyo. Image by Getty Images/BEHROUZ MEHRI

Though the conversion is primarily geared toward overseas vacationers who won’t perceive learn how to use the “squat” rest room, Akihiko Yamakoshi, an official on the government’s Japan Tourism Agency additionally remarked the way it additionally may profit the aged Japanese who have issue squatting down. The government estimates that round 40 million vacationers will go to Japan by 2020 and the westernisation of its public bogs is seen as a key a part of their tourism coverage.

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