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Western-style toilets have become widespread, and many students are not accustomed to using Japanese-style latrines.

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A spokesperson for the Nara Prefectural Board of Education. Nara prefectural high schools will replace Japanese-style squat toilets with Western-style ones during major renovation work starting in the 2024 school year.

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A spokesperson for the Nara Prefectural Board of Education

So Nara board of education just propose Japan to stuck with traditional toilet, just like Japanese students stuck to get better English language proficiency over generations?

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So Nara board of education just propose Japan to stuck with traditional toilet

By replacing the traditional toilets with western style ones? that makes no sense.

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Well, they could always learn. They are in school to learn, after all. I smell a nice little contract for Toto or some other such firm being justified here.

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virusrexToday  07:43 am JST

So Nara board of education just propose Japan to stuck with traditional toilet

By replacing the traditional toilets with western style ones? that makes no sense.

Nothing from this user (sakurasuki) makes any sense, ever. He/she just waits for a new article to be posted and writes some nonsensical Japan-bashing, almost English drivel making him/herself look extremely foolish in the process.

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I wasn't accustomed to using squat toilets until I came here but I learned and now don't see a problem with using them. I understand this decision, though.

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If you have to go, you have to go - doesn't matter what you're perching on.

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Slang for using a Japanese toilet is called doing the bird.

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@Harry_Gatto @virusrex

There are many things that are missing in this JT Article, so Nara Prefectural Board of Education is announcing a 5 year plan to make toilet sparkling 「トイレピッカピカ5カ年計画」.

This one is reporting in better way.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20231025/2000078998.html

All 353 toilets from 29 prefectural high schools will be renovated over five years and the total cost for that is 5.5 billion yen over 5 years, that number look high but there are many toilet inside high schools and there are times that plumbing need to be reconstruct. This also will include change toilet tiles and also all cleaning methods will be only requires wiping.

One of major reason of this, because they need to renovate those toilet since most of those toilet already deteriorated many of those already passed 40 years old and aging. Many students and parents requested western styles toilet. 

Board of education actually said, "Toilets are used every day, so by renovating them to fit modern lifestyles, we want students to be able to spend their high school years in stress-free manners". So everyone, students, parents and board education are in favor changing toilets to western style.

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I am very happy when I was a school there were no squat toilets.

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One good thing about the Japanese (traditional) toilet, . . . by squatting down, it makes sure users are limber, with muscles and joints being able to flex in a healthy manner . . . .

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. . . modern squat toilets, which I have seen in traditional Japanese restaurant . . . are ceramic, flushable . . . .

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There are many things that are missing in this JT Article

None of the extra details support your claim that the Nara board of education wants Japan to stick with traditional toilets but the opposite.

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Fact:

Every time you encounter a bathroom that has nothing but squat toilets, it's always when you have to take an explosively furocious industrial-sized 4-alarm emergency dump that can't wait for you to find another bathroom.

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Just thankful for some toilet paper and for God sake soap!

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I guess, Generation Z has in general quite a lot more of missing capabilities, not only limited to when it is about using a Japanese style toilet.

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Is "latrines" the right word here? That conjures up a quite different image from my experience of normal Japanese toilets, whether squatters or sitters.

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