Come to Japan. We Have Great toilets!

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Winning the bid to host the Olympics is huge for any country. The planning and logistics involved are absolutely monstrous. This is their moment to shine and to show people from all over the world what makes their country great and why we should travel to see it. Obviously, such an undertaking is started long before the opening games and we have just had a peek at what Japan is working on for the 2020 games.

Now, you may be wondering why Ri Industries is writing about the Olympics. No, there is not a new “Septic Tank Installation” sport, but we did find the marketing strategy interesting. A tourism panel has recommended the government use toilets to boost tourism in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “Japan’s toilet technology should serve as a perfect tool to spread our culture of omotenashi (hospitality),” the panel said in the report.

Japan is known for advancements in technology and this includes toilet technology. Hi tech toilets are commonplace, which can be a problem at an event with many tourists. This prompted the panel to suggest the revision of the often poor English-language instructions in public lavatories so tourists can better understand how to use them.
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To help speed things along and keep lines short, tourists will be encouraged to use smartphone apps. Developed by housing fixtures maker Lixil Corp., the app allows smartphones to flush toilets and adjust the water pressure for the bidet without using the toilet’s control panel. We’re not quite sure how easily the app will connect to the correct public toilet, but thankfully, they’re improving those English instructions!

We take a lot of pride in what we do. Septic tanks are important to the health and wellbeing of our community and rainwater tanks help us conserve water as we so desperately need to do. We just never thought we would see a country promote tourism through their toilets: “Come to Japan. We have great toilets!”

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