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Japan Campaigns to Tout its High-Tech Toilets

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In Japan, toilet training isn’t just for toddlers. The government is readying a potty campaign that will tout the sophistication of its water closets ahead of the summer tourist season and the 2020 Olympic Games.

The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, via Asia One News, cited anonymous sources that insisted clean toilets that are flush with features “will be a plus for tourism” and are expected to be part of the tourism department’s growth strategy.

Aside from their general cleanliness, these toilets are considered state of the art because of their strategically aimed water jets for added sanitation, their heated seats, odor eliminators and even a device that creates added flushing sounds to mask the more embarrassing excretion noises of shy users. The toilets have also been praised for their environmentally friendly designs that conserve high amounts of water.

The article noted that American superstars like Madonna and Will Smith have praised Japan’s futuristic toilets, all of which bodes well for prompting more foreigners to pop a squat on these top of the line potties. The Japanese government aims to have many such next-gen loos ready in public spaces for the Olympics.

These out-of-these-world restrooms are far from the only fecal related breakthroughs being made in Japan. Late last week the Japan Times published a roundup of impressive new gadgets. The list was topped off with a monitor designed by touted startup Tripple W Japan, which has designed a monitor called the DFree that helps users plan their bowel movements. Aimed mainly at the elderly, those with disabilities, or potty training youngsters, the oval white monitor, when placed on the stomach, scans the user’s digestive activity with an ultrasonic sensor before sending a warning, via Bluetooth, to a mobile phone app which then, according to the article: “notifies the wearers before they even get an inkling that they will need to use a bathroom.” The app can even tabulate a record of when the user takes a “number two,” in order to more accurately predict future bowel movements.

These advances leave one to wonder: following last year’s poop exhibit at the Miraikan, what will be Japan’s next bathroom breakthrough? A toilet teleporter? A warp-speed washroom? Time will only tell, but for now Japan can take pride in its highly advanced thrones.

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