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Loo roll 2.0: Wipe your phone while on the toilet

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:30

Japan's mobile phone company installs toilet rolls for smartphones at airport bathrooms. Our toilet correspondent Stuart McDill reports.

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A helpful video guide - offering advice on using a hi-tech Japanese bidet. But whether you're a grinder or a sumo - you probably aren't wiping your smartphone - not yet anyway. Japan's NTT Docomo wants to change that - greeting arrivals at Narita Airport with smartphone loo rolls. YOSUKE CHIKAMURA, NTT DOCOMO "Japanese toilets are praised world-wide and we wanted to place something like this in our toilets....The toilet may be the very first place people visit after they arrive at the airport, and we wanted them to enjoy Japan while wiping their phones." Smartphones can have five times more germs than toilets seats, according to a study for a weekly Japanese magazine. But keeping your phone clean isn't the phone company's only aim - with each sheet publicising the firm's public Wi-Fi network and travel app - useful tips in a country often criticised by tourists for its surprising lack of infrastructure. BRIAN OMBONGA, TOURIST FROM OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA "I wasn't sure exactly how helpful as far as wiping the phone, because it didn't seem like, moist or anything. It was kinda dry, but as far as like the information on it, I think That's pretty helpful for tourists, because you just sitting on the toilet and it's like a moment where you can just kind of look at information." Whatever your style you can now - wipe your smartphone - at least until the promotion ends in mid-March.

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Loo roll 2.0: Wipe your phone while on the toilet

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:30