A Japanese defecation study says children have problems with Japanese toilets, contributing to constipation

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Girls seem to be much better than boys at using traditional Japanese squat toilets.

The lavishly appointed Japanese restrooms, equipped with luxurious amenities such as heated seats and gentle jets of water to wash the ass, are the source of the nation’s technological prestige. However, a Japanese twist washiki toireresulting in “Japanese style restroom” does not describe these high-tech wonders, but rather a much simpler fixture that is basically just a trough that can be set directly into the floor as shown above.

Japanese-style toilets used to be the norm in Japan, but they are becoming less and less common in modern society. However, there is one place where they are still very common: Japanese schools. According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, only 57 percent of elementary and middle schools in Japan had Western-style restrooms as of 2020. (of course, when the most recent data on the subject was collected). This means that in about four out of ten schools, children have to use squat toilets Japanese toilet labo the research organization says yes contributing to rising rates of constipation among Japanese children.

In an annual bowel movement study that collected data from parents of 1,000 school-aged children, Japan Toilet Labo found that 20.1 percent of children had constipation or pre-constipation symptomsmore than last year’s survey. The organization says long-term suppression of the need to go to the bathroom can cause constipation, and the study found that 81.8 percent of kids with constipation often or sometimes hold them back when they’re at school, compared with just 38.4 percent of kids without constipation symptoms.

This would suggest that making it easier for children to use school bathrooms would be beneficial for children’s digestive health. However, according to Japan Toilet Labo data, many children lack the balance and precision to throw a two into a Japanese-style toilet trough cleanly. That’s what the poll said 26.7 percent of school-aged children are unable to use it, with data showing it’s a particularly big problem for boysperhaps because they can pee in a Japanese-style toilet without squatting or using a urinal, while the lack of alternatives in girls leads to more use of the squat toilet and greater proficiency through familiarity.

● Cannot use the Japanese-style restroom
Boys: 33.4 percent
Girls: 18.9%
● Can use the Japanese-style toilet, but doesn’t like it
Boys: 47.1%
Girls: 55.3%
● No problem using the Japanese-style restroom
Boys: 19.5%
Girls: 25.8%

Despite these numbers, when a survey asked why children were reluctant to use bathrooms at school (and allowed for multiple responses), only 9.1 percent said it was because of Japanese-style restrooms, and the Japan Toilet Labo is urging schools to take action to comprehensively enhance the quality and ambience of their restrooms.

● Why don’t you want to use the bathroom at school?
I don’t want my friends to know that I defecate: 26.5%
I can’t relax: 22.2%
I don’t have enough time before I have to go back to class: 22%
My friends will laugh at me: 15%
The bathroom is dirty: 12.9%
The bathroom smells bad: 10.5%
It is difficult to use the Japanese-style restroom: 9.1 percent

Still, about one in 10 children who are unwilling or unable to use a squat toilet is a problem worth addressing. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology says about 90 percent of schools plan to add Western-style restrooms and is even providing grants to help schools finance the transition to the new currency, and hopefully such initiatives and awareness will lead students to they look forward to things like playing with friends or taking part in extracurricular activities after school, as opposed to “It’s sure to be great to poop after school.”

Source: Mainichi Shimbun by Peasant! News from Japan by Jin
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