Japan modernizes toilets for tourists


The Japanese authorities are developing a program to modernize public toilets near places attractive to tourists. This is reported by The Japan Times.

Of the four thousand toilets for tourists in Japan, only 58 percent can be called modern, Western-style (with a toilet). The rest are booths with a hole in the floor.

Studies show that foreign tourists try to avoid this type of latrines because of unsanitary conditions. On the eve of the 2020 Olympic Games, when the country plans to host 40 million foreigners a year, the government is actively investing in modernizing public toilets.

The source says that the program of "westernization" of toilets requires millions of yen, and subsidies from the authorities of Tokyo are not enough.
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