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Reduced splash, easier smart phone operation among reasons more guys prefer to pee while seated

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As one's ability to express one's self in the Japanese language improves, the less a learner applies pronouns. Rather than saying, "I do X," whereby X represents some activity, Japanese can get the same meaning across by saying the equivalent of "X is being done," with no confusion in the listener's mind over who is performing the activity.

The rapid and widespread propagation of TOTO's Washlet bidet-type toilet seats in Japan may owe at least part of its success to this linguistic characteristic, by which people were able to discuss matters pertaining to urination and bowel movements without the need for invoking first person singular -- or any other pronoun.

Yukan Fuji (Oct 10) provided another example of how the topic of elimination can be taken up by the media without fear of embarrassment. The evening tabloid reported on a pronounced trend taking place among Japanese males: To wit, 60.9% now say that they prefer to urinate while in a seated position.

This particular bit of information was gleaned from responses to a survey of 1,500 males ranging in age from their 20s through their 60s, conducted by Lion, a major manufacturer of household products.

The survey found considerable age differentials, with only 2.7 percent of males in their 60s admitting to sitting down while peeing, as opposed to 25.7% of those in their 20s.

The survey results made a distinction between two types of males: 11.9% are termed suwarishon natives (those who have, since childhood, preferred to pee while seated); and another 49.0% belong to the suwarishonha (the sit to pee faction), who formerly urinated while standing but for various reasons, as we shall see, adopted the practice later in life.

What were these reasons? The most common response was, "Splashing of urine tends to soil the commode," so given by 37.3%. This was followed by, "I want to give consideration to the feelings of the person who cleans the commodes," with 27.9% and "A person close to me advised me to pee while seating," with 16.6%.

Another factor driving the increase appears to be that urinating while sitting facilitates the use of smart phones.

Tomoyuki Isokazu, a 53-year-old self-employed resident of Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture, relates how he had previously performed this function while standing.

But when visiting his son's bachelor apartment, he was requested to urinate while seated, and his thinking began to change. He was further persuaded when the same subject was taken up on a TV program.

"There was also the matter of consideration for my wife, who has to do the cleaning," said Isokazu, who added that he has come to favor the seating position because it's more relaxing."

He also mentioned that he tears off a sheet of toilet paper to catch any residual drips, a common phenomenon among the middle aged and elderly.

From 2015, Tekuteku KK, a wholesaler based in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture, began selling stickers in two languages to be attached to the walls of toilet cubicles. The Japanese reads Danshi mo suwatte tsukatte ne (Men, too, please use [it] while seated) while the English says "Please sit down."

The company says it receives orders not only from businesses and family homes, but also from single males.

"These days members of the younger generation tend to be on good terms with their parents, and are receptive from requests concerning personal hygiene," Yohei Harada, a marketing analyst, tells Yukan Fuji. "The widespread use of smart phones is also a factor. Since it's an item they're unwilling to part with even momentarily, I suppose this has made them realize the advantage of sitting down while they pee."

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Please don't tell us that the company got a government grant for this.

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After my prostatectomy, I have to sit down to urinate. I try to use the disabled toilets when out.

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There’s something more than a little bit pathetic about performing your natural functions in whatever position makes it easiest to use your phone.

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Surely handling your bits and your phone at the same time is rather unhygienic, whatever position you are in. Contact with public toilet seats is also less hygienic than not being in contact with them.

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Why is smart phone operation even a factor in this decision? What is wrong with people that they can't even go for a leak without their smartphones?

I pee sitting down simply because I just can't pee standing up. Not unless my bladder is about to explode, anyway. Even then, it takes 30+ minutes to get the flow started. It's even harder for me to go in public toilets. Again, I can only ever use those if my bladder is on the brink of rupturing. Don't ask me why I can't pee standing up, it just doesn't happen.

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Fox Sora Winters - in all seriousness.

A common cause of inability to pee or maintain a flow are problems with the prostate gland - assuming you are a male.

If you've never had a check it could be worthwhile.

And on topic - yesterday at university a young guy was standing at the urinal - covid determined socially distanced from me - using his smartphone.

I wondered what could be so important and how un-hygienic the practice was.

I never thought of checking if his actions were affecting his aim. Probably.

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When you have your prostate removed you have to seat down to urinate unless you want it all over your trousers. You also have to wear male urine diapers.

Fox Sora Winters

I advise you to go and see a doctor immediately. You have an enlarged prostate gland which could be for more than one reason, but cancer is the most serious of them. A PSA test will indicate that.

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GBR48

Contact with public toilet seats is also less hygienic than not being in contact with them.

Urine isn't like excrement. Urine is about 95% water. It is not completely sterile of microorganisms. But it doesn't contain any of the harmful microbes that can make you immediately sick.

Women wipe the toilet seat or put some toilet rool on it. In my case I don't actually sit down on it.

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Fox Sora WintersToday  10:06 am JST

Why is smart phone operation even a factor in this decision? What is wrong with people that they can't even go for a leak without their smartphones?

Actually in Japan you should always have your phone with you but that's not to say you need to be glued to it all the time. I discovered this necessity on March 11 2011 as I had stepped out of my office quickly to the convenience store, leaving my phone at my desk but the big earthquake hit as I was out....

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At home, I sit because it's a private toilet and I also prefer to keep it clean. The p!ss splashes everywhere, even though you can't see it.

And if you live with other people, I think it's selfish to expect others to have to clean your own mess.

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I urinate sitting down at home, it is hygienic and comfortable that way.

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If a man feels that he must urinate standing up to be a man, he has inferiority complex!

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Stand up or sit down. For most men, the urinal is the best. When not arrival, at home, for instance, stand up or sit I would say the majority still stand up.

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I will only sit down on MY OWN toilet, everywhere else, I'm standing. I stand mostly at home as well, but at least I can occasionally sit down if I'm too sleepy or sick etc.

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Many toilets are too small and can't accommodate all of my rear-end. If I am not careful the urine goes between the seat and bowl onto the floor, and onto my trousers.

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I've often heard the joke about people not being able to walk and chew gum, but it's been raised to the sublime with sitting to pee while using your cell phone. Get a life!

And as for the comment by the guy who said his wife has to do the cleaning; do some of it yourself, you lazy misogynistic SOB.

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We'll soon see taxi drivers squatting politely beside their idling cars taking a leak on any random road.

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I enjoy TACHISHONBEN.

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Making a contact with toilet surface, especially a public one is unhygienical. You could contract STD not mentioning covid. (As we all learned covid abounds in excrements). Moreover, think what becomes a splash supressor when you sit - your A$$.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

akadake, An STD is acquired through S and not by sitting on a toilet. I suppose you could get one if you were sitting together with someone and engaging in S.

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I pee standing up. For one, it's just something I'm conditioned to, having done it all my life. But, it's also something that I enjoy - target practice.

I also am the one who cleans my bathroom, so there isn't anyone to complain other than me. And I'm ok with it.

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Making a contact with toilet surface, especially a public one is unhygienical. You could contract STD

No.

Myth: You can catch an STD from a toilet seat, telephone or other object used by an infected person.

Fact: STDs are transmitted by vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Some STDs may spread to a baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. Herpes can be transmitted by kissing, if herpes blisters are in the mouth or around the lips. Hepatitis B, syphilis, and HIV, the AIDS virus, can be spread by sharing needles or other objects contaminated by blood, as well as through sexual contact. STDs are not spread by handshakes, hugs, toilet seats, towels, dishes, telephone receivers, or insect bites.

Link: https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=what-you-need-to-know-about-stds-1-1549

not mentioning covid.

Probably not:

The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus. It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low.

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/science-and-research/surface-transmission.html

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Things change, even here. I remember reading a few years back on JT about this very subject. Many commenters felt that men who sat down to urinate were lesser men. Quite a change. Funny that anyone would take pride in their urinating position.

Sitting is great, unless you are in a hurry. Additional benefits are I don't need to turn on the light because I don't need to aim, and of course it's cleaner. The urine splashes everywhere - which is fine if one doesn't mind the smell afterwards and the clean-up needed.

Also, it is much easier to read (whether the smartphone or a book, it's all reading), and one is much less likely to drop the phone in the toilet. As noted by zichi above, urine is mostly sterile and not especially unhygienic. Even then, many people read on the toilet - this was the case long before smartphones. For some people it's one of the few places in the house where they can get a few minutes without being disturbed.

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Ridiculous.

How am I supposed to sit down on my kitchen sink or in the shower?

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Zichi - I've seen enough unpleasant things on public toilet seats to never apply my bare rear to one.

On the thorny issue of accuracy whilst standing. This may vary for those who have been circumcised and those who have not. I could be wrong - I have never had cause to conduct experiments in this area.

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Who is interested in using their smartphone while peeing? people that cant stop fidgeting with their phones for the minute it takes to take a leak really need to see a doctor about it.

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New business opportunity: Butt abscess salve. I was working in a large Corporation in Japan and happened to see the cleaning lady dip her brush into the toilet and proceed to clean the seat with that water and, of course, none of those paper seat covers provided. And, sure enough, not long after...and just prior to a long flight...perhaps more urinals would be a solution under the banner of 'social distancing'...

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It would be preferable if someone designed a combination toilet-urinal that would contain any splashing and allow men to stand as nature intended rather than be subjected to further emasculating social engineering by the anti gender police.

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In much of the world and especially the less developed parts of Asia sitting down to eliminate is not an option. Even in seemingly ultra-modern Shanghai in many places the toilet is a hole in the floor.

A good friend treated his Thai mother in law from the north to a stay in a fancy Bangkok hotel. She had never seen a flush toilet in her life. She squatted on the toilet seat to do her business. Not knowing how to flush she tried the sprayer in the shower. Well it wasn't too long before the hotel bathroom needed maid service urgently! We laugh at the story now but at the time apparently it was anything but funny.

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I have never once pulled my phone out while using the toilet, and would certainly not change my toilet methods to make it easier to use a phone. Why expose it to bacteria?

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Never! A lad not a lady

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I sit to pee on one of the toilets in my house. The combination of the size of the room and the shape of the bowl has caused some rather unsightly yellowish circles to appear on either side of the room.

Everywhere else, I'll stand. I don't like to dangle in the water, you see:)

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60% of men say they sit? As a man, I suspect that a majority of that 60% are simply lying, telling the pollster a tale to appear more hygienic than they really are.

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but how can you firehose a cigarette butt around the toilet while using the toilet if you sit down?!

Stand, pee and be free my brothers!!

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Apparently @SheikhYerboaby you are not taking this news sitting down.

“Stand, pee and be free my brothers!!” -

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If I recall, there's a name for those sorts of people who prefer to pee sitting down...

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Henry Montag

If I recall, there's a name for those sorts of people who prefer to pee sitting down...

How about people like me? Prostate cancer survivor. Go and get tested before you join us.

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Next: removal of urinals from the men's rooms.

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