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Japan toilet makers unite!

Standardized icons expected to boost overseas sales

TOKYO -- The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association has decided to standardize the instruction icons for spray-seat toilets, hopefully making it easier not to confuse the buttons for "flush" and "wash."

Japan developed emoji-style symbols for public bathrooms during the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, and they have since been adopted elsewhere. Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the association of Japanese companies producing toilets, washrooms and other plumbing equipment and facilities will standardize toilet icons in a bid to promote overseas sales.

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