|Above, a hotel Japanese toilet. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Recently, there have been news reports on how Japanese toilets (and just toilet seats) have caught the fancy of Chinese and other foreign visitors to Japan. The Chinese, in particular, have been buying Japanese toilets to bring them to their homes in China.
Granted, Japanese toilets (no, not the traditional squat kind) are interesting to use.
Now, the Japanese government is promoting them for exporting to other nations.
According to the The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun):
The government is to begin promoting Japanese toilets overseas by supporting firms with obtaining an international standard and introducing an award system, it has been learned.
Several ideas will be included in a growth strategy to be compiled this summer as clean toilets equipped with specific features will be a plus for tourism, sources said.
Japanese toilets have received global attention with their warm-spray and bidet options, simulators that make flushing sounds and other functions. They have received recognition for their environmental aspects as they flush using a small amount of water.To read more, go here.