Senior members of the association hold up the new symbols (Image credit: Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association)

Japan's hi-tech toilets to get standardised symbols

Japanese toilets are set to become easier to use, after manufacturers agreed to standardise the symbols on the control panels.

Japan's hi-tech toilets famously include features such as lid and seat controls, flush strength, front and back bidets, and air drying,

Different manufacturers all use their own pictograms for each function.

But the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association says this confuses foreign tourists.

The organisation said (in Japanese) that it hoped its eight new pictograms would make things easier for non-Japanese speakers and create "a toilet environment that anyone can use with peace of mind".

Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association toilet symbols

   Clockwise from top-left: big flush, small flush, lid raise, seat raise, fan, rear spray, front spray and stop /Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association

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Source: bbc.com