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Japan's public toilets are not only clean, they're clever

Multifunctional and multilingual toilets are cropping up ahead of the Olympics

New toilets installed at the Ebina Service Area, a highway rest stop southwest of Tokyo on the Tomei Expressway, have sensors in the seats that can measure driver fatigue. (Photo by Yoichi Iwata)

TOKYO -- Say the words "public toilet" in most countries, and the reaction you will get is likely one of mild distaste, if not outright disgust. Less so in famously fastidious Japan, where public toilets are smartening up ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

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