The country's famously fancy toilets have always been the subject of fascination, but the varying button designs used by different manufacturers have also paved the way for some rude surprises delivered to foreigners' nether regions. But when tourists were surveyed in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, a quarter of foreign users said that they didn't understand the various buttons nor their respective functions on a typical Toto toilet.
The confusion arose when manufacturers created their own symbols after the first toilet with washing and drying functions appeared in Japan in the mid-1960s.
Japan has been drawing record numbers of tourists in recent years and Tokyo is expecting millions of visitors when it hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympic Games in 2020.
At a launch event this week, the firms said they had agreed to simplify the pictography in response to complaints from tourists that they are confused by symbols that differ depending on the make of toilet.
But now an industry group has chose to flush away this confusion that particularly bogs down foreign tourists by unifying the confusing symbols. They have also targeted to push for it to be an global standard.
In a joint press conference with the Moldovan president in Moscow, Putin took aim at those who assembled and released the report. Reuters has not independently verified the claims contained in the dossier.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the latest potential big-name signing to have been linked with a move to China. Previously the rule was four foreign players, with one of the four being another Asian player.
Salman claimed last November she had no clue about what her husband was planning, according to a Times interview. Salman said that during her pregnancy Mateen had even punched her during a trip to buy clothes for the baby.
The researchers are now taking efforts to ensure that the collection of scientific data continues in their absence. As you can see below, from December 2016, the ice shelf's edge has been looking pretty precarious.
False killer whales, which can grow up to 20 feet in length, get their name from their resemblance to orcas. She added that poor cell reception and the presence of sharks made the work even more challenging.
Senator. "This was very improper language", Sessions said in an interview with the Weekly Standard , a conservative publication. Sitting senators typically sail through the confirmation process, but other Democrats will likely oppose Sessions' nomination.
Sam Allardyce says Crystal Palace's defeat to West Ham shows how important it is to take advantage when in control of games. Jamie Carragher has compared Dimitri Payet asking to leave West Ham to Fernando Torres's Liverpool exit in 2011.
Media critics spoke out against the news organization Monday and Tuesday for releasing documents that may not be accurate at all. I have covered four presidential campaigns, I covered President [Barack] Obama at the White House.
Following strong performances in Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes sales in Australia, global sales increased 15%. LONDON-Premier Foods PLC (PFD.LN) shares plunged by 16% early Wednesday on the back of a profit warning.
But he also said that, "Politics set the framework for the economy and companies have to adjust to the framework, if needed". European nationals could face tighter restrictions on travel to the US, President-elect Donald Trump has suggested.
Allie Dowdle , 18, launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the rest of her college tuition, reports BBC. Dowdle's father has insisted that he is not punishing her because of the ethnicity of her boyfriend.
Archaeologists unearth link to Anne Frank at camp Sobibor
As a result, researchers are attempting to find surviving family members of each victim to determine if they were related. Researchers believe the pendant discovered at a Nazi death camp may have belonged to a relative of Anne Frank's .
Solar System's Biggest Gravity Wave Spotted on Venus
Several spacecraft have also studied the planet from orbit, including Akatsuki, Venus Express and Nasa's Magellan mission . But exactly why the bow stayed still when the rest of Venus' atmosphere moves so quickly continues to puzzle scientists.
Salmon with large tapeworms arrive in the US
Experts are now anxious that people who love to eat raw fish might not be willing to give up their preferences. This Japanese tapeworm was a parasite previously believed to only infect fish located in or near Asia.
Fighting Conor McGregor may be good business
Okay? When you're wearing a watch that's $250,000, you're gonna need $25 million real quick. "They know what my number is". The last major fight you were in, you left such a bad taste in everybody's mouth nobody wants to see you again.
How to watch Chelsea vs. Leicester City
Leicester are the champions from last season, they have a lot of good players with good quality, they have impressed me. Ray Parlour has urged Diego Costa to reintroduce some of his trademark intensity back into the Chelsea striker's game.
Food Sales Up At Marks & Spencer In Third Quarter
Food sales were up by 0.6%, but Tesco's food sales grew by 1.3% while Sainsbury's food sales were down slightly. Fourth-quarter results will be hurt by the timing of sales and a later Easter holiday, it said.
Obama Ends Decades Old Immigration Policy for Cuban Migrants
Cuban migrants who have already begun the process of applying for legal residency through the program will be allowed to continue. The program allowed Cuban medical professionals to seek parole in the United States while on assignments overseas .