A survey by a top Japanese toilet manufacturer has found that the number of men who urinate sitting down has increased 10% in the last 5 years, to 33.4%. 10% apparently admitted they did so because their wives or mothers told them to.
The 2009 market survey, by Toto, found that since 2004 the number of men sitting on western style toilets to urinate increased 10%, from 23.7% to 33.4%, with only 57% still preferring to stand.
Reasons given were as follows:
1. To stop urine splashing around (69.5%)
2. It is more comfortable (45.5%)
3. It is easier to clean up (43.1%)
4. Was told to by family or similar (10.8%)
Standers in contrast overwhelming gave “Because that’s how you do it” as their response, with 82.2% saying so. Comfort and quickness both trailed with 20%.
There are of course some who are beginning to wonder about Japanese menfolk…