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Police search Japan inn that rarely changed hot-spring bathwater

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Were they looking for the plug?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

‘Cool Japan’? Dirty Japan more like.

-5 ( +13 / -18 )

Guess the inn will go under.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

This is one reason I never frequented hot springs and public spas in Japan. You never know how frequently they change and treat the water. Also, you never know what 'hot spring terrorists' have been doing in it.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

This the second onsen scandal that I recall. The other, about 15 years ago, involved lots of onsens, like hundreds, using water from the mains despite claiming to use natural spring water and coloring it with dye.

You gotta wonder what else is going on.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Disillusioned

This is one reason I never frequented hot springs and public spas in Japan. You never know how frequently they change and treat the water. Also, you never know what 'hot spring terrorists' have been doing in it.

All of life is taking chances. Do you ever eat in restaurants? Do you ever sleep in hotels? By avoiding hot springs and sento, you are missing a great experience and health benefits.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

I am pretty sure that this is just an isolated incident- and that most hot spring resorts are either changing the water weekly, or using the govt. prescribed amount of chlorine to kill off the harmful bacterium.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Good point…At least in Japan I can be naked in a bath with men without having sexual advances.

Bad point…the floating dry skin and pubes, and the risk of foot infections.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Been following this story and haven't seen anyone at least losing their jobs.

Hopefully they can charge this guy for fraud.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I don't care if water is changed. Communal bath and swimming pools are eww.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

@Rodney

Good point…At least in Japan I can be naked in a bath with men without having sexual advances.

What parts of the world can't you be naked around men?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Love Onsens but post-cancer can no longer visit.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

People are happy to use swimming pools but not Onsens.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Integrity is the most important thing among all. Let’s keep the promise to customers.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Why has this place not been shut down? It should be shut down, condemned and torn down.

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Police on Friday searched a century-old ryokan-style inn in southwestern Japan that had only changed its hot-spring bathwater twice a year, allowing legionella bacteria to proliferate beyond the allowable limit.

They were looking for what exactly? Bacteria holed up somewhere ? Really old bacteria-ridden wash sponges? At the current pace, two months from now, they'll search for something suspicious lIke the drain plug or hot water heater.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

"Tanaka-kun, go and frisk the hot water heater"

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Do people pee in onsens? I know they do in swimming pools. Government regulations say water should be changed once a week. How many actually do that? Or actually add chlorine to the water? The guilty onsen owners in question said they didn't like the smell of chlorine being one reason they didn't change the water often. Gensen kakenagashi spring water where the water flows constantly directly from the source untreated seems to be the best choice.

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Makoto Yamata the Inn operator must be prosecuted for endangering public health because the Inn, opened in 1875, was frequented even by royalty which included the Emperor Hirohito (Emperor Showa) and other royal family members.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Police search……

for the ALREADY drained dirty water?

for hidden pockets of water throughout the inn?

for floating hairs?

for ways to pretend to be doing work?

what?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

for ways to pretend to be doing work?

what?

Cases like these are sure way of getting some "evidence". Whoever gets to it first gains points for their real goal - promotion.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

What a TURN OFF this is.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Just as gross as eating Japanese contaminated burger infested food

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Anyone want to eat sushi after all that news idiots contaminating the food on purpose and for fun? The same as taking a dip I. Used dirty shared water how nasty

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

A hot spring is a natural product of nature.

These onsen aren't.

It's illegal to call it an onsen in Japan if it's not using natural spring water.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Definition of Onsen

https://www.spa.or.jp/en/onsen/

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Yuck

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Every Bather should be refunded their monies in full and then some... Everyone from the owner down needs to be retrained and placed on community service cleaning anything that needs a good cleaning.

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Yuck. What were these inn owners thinking?

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Police on Friday searched a century-old ryokan-style inn in southwestern Japan that had only changed its hot-spring bathwater twice a year, allowing legionella bacteria to proliferate beyond the allowable limit.

Yeah! Gotta arrest those disgusting legionella bacteria for proliferating beyond the allowable limit! Go JPolice!

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