Pictograms on use of hi-tech Japanese toilets standardized for global use | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Image: Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association
Image: Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association

Confusion on how to use Japanese electric toilets may finally be put to rest, thanks to six instructional pictograms that have become a global standard.

According to Kyodo News, the International Organization for Standardization recognized six out of the original eight pictograms initially proposed by the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association.

The rising number of tourists visiting Japan has been cited as one of the driving force that led to the creation of the pictograms.

Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association proposed eight pictograms in January 2017. It also made the pictograms and guidelines for use downloadable from its main website. The two extra pictograms were for the dryer and stop buttons.

Image: Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association

Having a global standard means some modifications to the Japanese standard are in order to have all future products follow one guideline. However, the global standard also means that Japanese toilet makers can now enter foreign markets and the whole world can enjoy hi-tech toilets in their homes. /ra



Japanese porn star returns to competitive snowboarding

Japanese man arrested for living in public restroom for three years

Museum seeks to convince Indians that toilets are not dirty

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.