The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers said Monday that it has selected Toto Ltd.'s Washlet G toilet seat with warm-water shower unit for cleaning launched in 1980 as an addition to its heritage list, along with four other products.
Toto used to import U.S.-made medical toilet seats designed to treat hemorrhoids, but these did not sell well. So in 1978, the company decided to develop its own products, adapting the nozzle angle, water temperatures and volumes to accommodate Japanese bodies.
For its 2012 mechanical engineering list, the society also picked the Yoshino-yama Ropeway in Nara Prefecture, the Ricopy 101 desktop copier, developed by the predecessor of camera maker Ricoh Co., Tokyu Corp.'s 5200 EMU and 7000 EMU stainless steel railcars, and Ikegai's standard Engine lathe No. 1, the oldest power lathe in existence in Japan, made by the founding brothers of Ikegai Corp.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)