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Answers to the call of nature
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May 19 - A Japanese citizen group has made public restrooms searchable through mobile phones, an innovation which for the elderly and disabled, has come as a life-changing answer to the call of nature.
The new website called 'Check A Toilet' maps out public restrooms on a computer screen or mobile phone with information including the availability of booths for disabled people or baby seats.
It provides details describing if the hand-rail is on your right-side or left-side, if the door pops or slides, and if steps are bypassed by a slope or an electric lift - -all of which may sound trivial to non-users but are crucial to the disabled who use the facilities.
Kenji Kaneko, who worked for a travel agency until before establishing his non-profit organization, "Check," aimed at making a public restroom database for his disabled or elderly customers. He saw the service as essential for a Japanese public whose members are aging at a far higher rate than those elsewhere.
More than 500 individuals along with citizen groups and municipal governments have so far collected information about 31,000 public restrooms around the country. A quarter of those facilities has been proved to have special features for disabled people. The organization is preparing an English version of the service for residents and tourists from abroad and is also planning to expand its Japanese service into Hawaii and major European cities for its nationals traveling overseas.
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