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Converting squatters to sitters

Converting squatters to sitters

You might think Japan has the most sophisticated toilets in the world, with features ranging from self-warming seats to singing cisterns.

But, as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympic Games, tourism chiefs are planning a major upgrade of public conveniences.

Around 40 per cent of toilets in popular tourist spots are ‘squatters’, with a pan or bowl at floor level.

Plans are now underway to convert them to western-style ‘sit-on’ toilets, complete with bidet function.

Akihiko Yamakoshi from the Japan Tourism Agency said some foreign tourists simply do not know how to use the older toilets, while others complain they are unsanitary.

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