A leading private railway operator that serves the greater metropolitan Tokyo area with 13 lines is to replace its squat-style toilets with warm water flush systems at nearly all its stations.
Seibu Railway Co. operates trains in Tokyo and neighboring Saitama Prefecture. It said the project will be completed by next March. It will install bidet-style toilets at 90 of its 92 stations.
Two stations, Kotake-Mukaihara on the Yurakucho Line in Tokyo's Nerima Ward and Yokoze on the Chichibu Line in Saitama Prefecture, do not have rest rooms.
The move is in response to a survey in which 60 percent of users said they wanted toilets with bidet function. The survey was conducted in spring last year.
Seibu Railway will be the first private railway company to install this type of toilet at nearly all the stations.
According to the Cabinet Office, 72 percent of Japanese households were equipped with bidet-style washroom functions as of the end of March 2009.
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