Japan holds toilet design contest

Japan is holding its first ever toilet design contest, with organisers looking for “most comfortable”, “cheapest for the developing world” and “safest for women”.

In a bid to find the nation’s loveliest lavatories, a government panel is seeking applications that prove designers are thinking big about the littlest room.

The initiative comes as Tokyo appears to have grasped the soft-power potential of the country’s high-tech toilets, whose seat warmers and pinpoint bidet jets amaze foreign visitors.

“I hope efforts to make the world’s best restrooms in Japan will spread broadly,” Haruko Arimura, minister in charge of women’s empowerment—who is overseeing the project—said in a recent press conference.

“It is part of our efforts with hospitality for the (2020 Tokyo) Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Arimura said.

A 145-page report on improving quality of life says the drive towards better toilets will “empower women” because by “improving comfort, cleanliness and safety, the quality of work and leisure can improve dramatically”.

The report said restrooms are places where women want to feel secure enough to get changed, brush their teeth, do their make-up, and change their baby’s diapers.

It also noted that toilets are not universally available in some developing nations, and that poorly designed facilities in some places can put users—particularly women—at risk of violence or kidnapping.

As well as looking for ideas on how to make environmentally friendly toilets for use in natural disasters, the competition is asking for ideas on how to make toilets easier for “foreigners and physically disabled people”.

A leaflet produced by organisers suggests, for example, that including easy-to-understand pictograms might help non-Japanese people with exactly how to use a toilet.

The flier does not specify which part of using a toilet foreigners might have trouble with.

The competition will be judged by a panel of seven, including architects and an official from the Japan Toilet Association, using five criteria—cleanliness, safety, comfort, novelty/creativity, and sustainability.

Applicants have until the end of the month to submit their designs. Minister Arimura will announce the winners in September.

Toilets in Japan have been raised to something of an art.

Nearly every household and most public restrooms are equipped with a seat that is plugged into the mains electricity.

The bog-standard version simply warms the seat—an under-appreciated luxury among the uninitiated—while top-of-the-range models offer an array of options, including warm water jets, blow-dryers, deodorisers and masking sounds.

Young foreign visitors rave about them, filling social media with pictures of the loos they find in Japan, while a bidet seat to take home is among the first items on Chinese tourists’ shopping lists.



Colossal Titan stars in Tokyo government anti-drug campaign

Anti-drug posters and commercials usually have a way of getting us down. Dark images of despair, death and homelessness rely on realism to get the message across, leaving us with tiny mental scars as a warning to stay away from the dark side and walk on the right side of life.

Here in Japan, though, anti-drug tactics are very different. Instead of scaring citizens, animated images are used to inform and empower people. And when the Tokyo Metropolitan Government enlists the help of the Survey Corps and Colossal Titan to fight the war on drugs, you’ve got a campaign that catches everyone’s interest.

The Tokyo Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health is the brains behind the collaboration, created to build awareness ahead of the upcoming International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

The highlight of the campaign is a one-minute video starring our favourite characters from “Attack on Titan” caught up in the action and excitement of a battle scene.

Eren, who knows all about the dangers of mind and body transformations, gives a brief overview of dangerous drugs and their negative effects. Dangerous drugs can cause hallucinations and delusions, loss of consciousness, respiratory arrest, and even death.

So take heed when the Colossal Titan appears steaming over the city, displaying a gigantic, cross-armed “batsu” pose, commonly used in Japan to represent “X”, meaning “no” or “not good”.

Source: IT Media

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