Japanese washrooms apparently go from one extreme (hole in the ground) to another (heated toilet seats); Narita Airport has upped the hygiene ante by installing rolls of paper for cleaning phone screens right beside toilet tissue dispensers.


The smartphone paper does double duty: they are printed with instructions on how to connect to WiFi and download a travel guide app. Apparently, foreign tourist survey respondents informed the Japan Tourism Agency that finding and using WiFi in Japan is difficult.


Japanese cell phone company NTT Docomo Inc, sponsor of the smartphone paper, has also released a video on how to use a toilet to accompany the paper, confusing everyone. Is that evidence of a Japanese sense of humor? Or proof that Japan is a bit different?

Who knows. But if anything, it proves that in Japan, at least, it is okay to use your phone in a public washroom.

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