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Warm water spray seat shipments reach 100M units in Japan

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The 2nd greatest invention ever.

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Thinking that Japan is the only country to have this type of sanitary facility is wrong. In Thailand, most Thai bathrooms in the cities are equipped with a strong water jet for hosing down.

Very effective they are too

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97% of respondents said “I want to continue using it.” 

They are clearly addictive. If I ever have to go out and stay somewhere lacking this equipment, I go a bit crazy.

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Have one in the house and have never used it. Don't think I'm missing anything but the wife would go insane without it.

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In Thailand, most Thai bathrooms in the cities are equipped with a strong water jet for hosing down.

When I went to Vietnam, I had a shower head next to the toilet in the hotel. It's useful, but the water went splashing everywhere. I hate to think the amount of fecal matter on the walls and floor.

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Have one but it has been broken for years. Was never using it anyway.

It is useless and consume energy/water for nothing. It is a privilege of a rich country

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If only people washed their hands properly in public toilets

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Washlet toilets are better for the environment since there is no need to use paper.

I don't know about you, but I wipe myself dry after using the bidet. I don't want my underwear to get wet.

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The thing I miss most about Japan. However the cost in electricity and associated green house gases is probably a luxury the planet can do without. If it is on solar power then go for it. Less paper used, more hygienic and sitting on an ice cold seat in winter is always awful.

I miss the toilets, combini stores, shinkansen and ekiben. Would love to be able to return for a few weeks, but sadly it is not on the cards any time soon.

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Living in America.... Lived in Japan.... Still dreaming of my beloved Japanese TOTO washlet. One of the top five things I miss most about Japan.

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Japanese Toilets have a Male Discriminatory issue - the front part is too low, so the Male genital organ tends to touch against it, which given recent virial infections makes you wonder whether these modern day variants are contributing to disease proliferation. As many "males" know, semen, in the toilet basin, does not wash away on the first flush... so... given the outbreak of monkey pox reaching Japan, how safe do you feel sitting down on your next toilet seat ?

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Japanese Toilets have a Male Discriminatory issue - the front part is too low, so the Male genital organ tends to touch against it,

I have this problem with my upstairs toilet. Can't believe they don't test these things.

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Once you start using one, it's difficult to go back to the old way.

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Excellent..

ONLY IN JAPAN !!..

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Living in America.... Lived in Japan.... Still dreaming of my beloved Japanese TOTO washlet. One of the top five things I miss most about Japan.

TOTO makes them in the US and sells them there. A real quick internet search will show you there are an abundance of washlets available in the US, from simple cold water hand valve models to the most deluxe and expensive examples with hot water on demand (so you never run out) sold anywhere.

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Japanese Toilets have a Male Discriminatory issue - the front part is too low, so the Male genital organ tends to touch against it, which given recent virial infections makes you wonder whether these modern day variants are contributing to disease proliferation

Um, the models I have seen all allow you to adjust the sprayer so it doesn't touch your dangly bits and aims the water for the proper hole O_O

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Um, the models I have seen all allow you to adjust the sprayer so it doesn't touch your dangly bits and aims the water for the proper hole O_O

It's not the sprayer but the toilet itself, believe it or not. I have to hold my dangly bits and angle them backwards so they don't touch the bottom of the toilet. Serious design flaw.

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Also for use females they wash front and back. The hose in Thailand are very difficult to use.

No at all.

Just a small learning to get over...

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Excellent..

> ONLY IN JAPAN !!..

Errr, no they aren't. Despite the capital letters, I found these toilets in numerous countries.

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I never had a problem with Japanese washlets, the only time I had a problem was when I accidentally hit the female button and it sprayed my berries and twig, other than that, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

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Japan actually have lots of best of breed products but can't export them due to economics (exchange rates), that will change soon.

Expect toilets, rice cookers, compact ovens 3 in one washing machines, heat pumps, etc. to be more expensive as these are destined for the export markets.

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Can't have them in cubicles in Renton (Seattle). There is a building regulation that says you can't have electricity in a cubicle with water. Renovated an office with absolutely everything employees wanted, but couldn't put in washlets because of a 1930 era outdated law.

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A warm seat is definitely comfortable in the winter. But I’m a simple man. I can live with anything that has a seat and not a squat hole in the ground. But hey, at least all toilets in Japan can flush toilet paper. Had to learn that the hard way in SE Asia where you have to put the used paper in a bag and throw it in the trash because their sewage systems can’t handle it and/ or are nonexistent lol.

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pfaulkne

Can't have them in cubicles in Renton (Seattle). There is a building regulation that says you can't have electricity in a cubicle with water. Renovated an office with absolutely everything employees wanted, but couldn't put in washlets because of a 1930 era outdated law.

That sucks. All the restroom toilets at Google and many other tech campuses in California and elsewhere have them.

Personally, I've put washlet seats in my homes, even apartments I've rented, since around 2000 back in the US. When we moved to Japan and "reformed" (renovated) our places here, we had to have them installed. Can't live without them. And, do not understand how anyone in Japan, where they are so commonplace, would choose not to have one, if financially able.

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 when I accidentally hit the female button and it sprayed my berries and twig

That happened to me a few times. But, it had nothing to do with washlets.

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It is useless and consume energy/water for nothing. It is a privilege of a rich country

Hygiene is important no matter where you live. I won't go back to life without a washlet.

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Most Americans butt are too big for Japanese toilet

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Most Americans butt are too big for Japanese toilet

Haha, yes, but if they ever can manage to place themselves centered it should be sufficient. The real problem is they often won’t even make it there, because already the doors and toilet box rooms are often too small for them to enter at many places.

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One of the best inventions, no doubt. Btw, those who don’t like , also try the heating seat function and pre-warmed water on a cold winter day. You’ll learn to love it and maybe don’t even want to leave the toilet until spring.

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Apart from the design issue with the actual toilet basin of most Japanese Toilets, the washlet-seat concept is probably good in Japan, (for home use), though personally I prefer to use a hand-held shower to properly clean my rear-end, just like as is popular in Thailand.

The disadvantage of "Public" washlet seats, is that when you look closely, you find that people often use them whilst taking a "dump", and as such excrement if often left on, and around such devices - regardless of their self-cleaning status.... as such, I never use Public washlets. A couple of Wet paper towels does the job better, and safer.

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