New Temporary Toilets Well Received by Evacuees in Hokkaido

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Atsuma, Hokkaido, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)--New types of portable restrooms have been well received by evacuees of last week's powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, which left some areas in the northernmost Japan prefecture without water.

Container-type temporary restrooms were established at evacuation centers in Hokkaido, including at a sports center in the town of Atsuma, where the 6.7-magnitude quake measured 7 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, the highest level.

The restroom is more comfortable, hygienic and bright, according to the company that developed the toilet, based in the Hokkaido capital of Sapporo. It uses light-emitting diode bulbs.

The porta-potty features western toilets and is divided by user gender. Equipped with an inner 4,600-liter sewage tank below, the portable restroom can be used some 10,000 times in the event of water and electricity outages, by connecting a water feed tank and power generator.

"I can't bend my knees due to bad legs, but the western toilets were easy to use, convenient and clean," said a 74-year-old female evacuee who used the restroom at the sports center.

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