Current Weather
The Spy FM

‘Biggest Public Toilet In The World’ Now Good To Go In Japan

Filed by KOSU News in World News.
May 15, 2012

It’s only for women — and only for one woman at a time, it seems.

But officials in Ichihara City, Japan, claim they’ve created the “biggest public toilet in the world.”

As The Japan Times reports, outside the city’s train station there’s now a fenced-in, “200-sq.-meter plot of land” with flowers, plants, pathways and — “smack in the middle” — a toilet enclosed in a glass box.

“Why make it so unusual?” the newspaper asks. According to an official from the Ichihara City Tourism Promotion Department, “it’s hoped that the toilet will become a tourist attraction for visitors to next year’s Ichihara City Art Festival, which is currently in its planning stages. The festival is a government-led initiative to improve the area through the ‘renovation of public facilities with the help of arts,’ which they hope will attract more tourists and boost the region’s economy.”

The 6 1/2-high wall is supposed to help provide privacy. There also appear to be curtains that can be drawn around the inside of the toilet’s glass box.

Cost of this project: About $125,000.

We’ll ask before you do: Money well spent, or has it been flushed down the drain?

(H/T to ABC News’ Akiko Fujita.) [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

12AM to 5AM The Spy

The Spy

An eclectic mix of the Spy's library of more than 10,000 songs curated by Ferris O'Brien.

Listen Live Now!

5AM to 9AM Morning Edition

Morning Edition

For more than two decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports.

View the program guide!

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center