School Makes Girls Clean Urinals Barehanded


A school which is making schoolgirls clean their male classmates’ toilets barefoot and barehanded is arousing widespread disgust amongst Japanese, both for the humiliating nature of the practice and its complete diregard for hygiene, amidst accusations that a bizarre toilet-cleaning cult run by an elderly millionaire is actually trying to infiltrate the nation’s schools…

The news that another school, this time one in Hiroshima prefecture’s city of Miyoshi, is organising school cleaning which see schoolgirls set to polishing male toilets barefoot and without gloves in order to “polish their hearts through cleaning toilets” soon incited a storm of disgust online.

Schools in Japan commonly force children to act as unpaid cleaners, ostensibly as a way of inculcating a sense of communal responsibility (and also the mindless conformity which generally goes along with this), although going so far as to have children clean toilets with their bare-hands is unusual.

Even amongst Japanese such pointless humiliation of the younger generations is controversial, and even more so once some digging reveals just what is really going on:

“Messed up, Hiroshima.”

“Why are you lot so up in arms? Your hands are probably dirtier. Go and clean your own toilets!”

“The problem here is girls being made to clean the boys toilets.”

“This stuff is like a religion. What is the point of doing it barehanded and barefoot?”

“Maybe it is a good thing, but it may also destroy their health. I took a drink of water without washing my hands after cleaning my house’s drains, and I was bedridden for a week.”

“I’d complain if they made my kid do this. I don’t care if they call me a ‘monster parent.’ It hardly makes any difference whether they do it barehanded or barefoot, and will they take responsibility if someone with a cut on their hands or feets catches an infection? Stop these creepy educational practices, seriously.”

“So pointless. Pure self-satisfaction. They should use proper cleaning utensils.”

“Like some creepy religion, gross.”

“Unless the principal and all the staff were down there scrubbing with my kid I’d go in and shout them down.”

“Don’t they catch weird diseases doing this sort of thing?”

“Too creepy. People who support this sort of thing are nuts.”

“It’s almost like some sort of SM play. If they were told to lick them clean, I wonder if they’d actually notice?”

“The middle girl’s cute.”

“I don’t see them often as a long-time adult, but from what I’ve seen public school toilets are filthy. Back when I was a student it was like this, but to clean them the students just hosed them down a bit for a few minutes and it was nasty. At work we have a cleaner do it each day – I am grateful.”

“Poor kids.”

“Polishing their character is all very well, but is there any need to do it barehanded?”

“Those country bumpkin teachers are still harassing their kids with this stuff I see.”

“This is probably the work of some scato-sadist cult which loves making children miserable. Don’t send your kids to schools like this.”

“This is actually like some sort of religion or something – take a look on Google for “トイレ 倫理法人会”, there are groups promoting it in schools.”

“Totally a religion.”

“That place is holy ground for the teaching unions so it’s no surprise they get away with this stuff there.”

“It is absolute madness to force children to touch dirty toilets with their bare hands like this.”

“I feel strange urges seeing this.”

“Bare hands and feet – it’s the pre-war madness alright. Teachers who don’t feel anything wrong with forcing people to do this sort of thing are scary. It’s worse than forcing everyone to sing the anthem.”

“This is no different from the Imperial army’s antics during the war.”

“This sort of ‘self-development’ is solely designed to suppress individuality and make people into slaves.”

“Even Indians would be surprised at the kind of slave hierarchy we have in place.”

“This is a prefecture which makes kids kowtow to Korea on field trips there so it’s no surprise.”

“A company which did this to its employees would surely be sued. Even cleaners wouldn’t do it like this.”

“Hiroshima is really somewhere else different to the rest of Japan.”

“Overseas they don’t even make children clean schools.”

“From Okayama:”


“This is brainwashing.”

“This is just a way of destroying any self-respect these children have left so they can be brainwashed… and to think people make a fuss about putting on masks and washing hands during influenza outbreaks.”

“Unsanitary and inefficient.”

“Surely this is sexual harassment against the girls?”

“I’d never agree to do this. Or rather, I’d throw up and wouldn’t be able.”

“Learning to keep toilets clean is all very well, but doing it like this is utterly insane.”

“This is what they get up to in country schools.”

“Osaka’s governor supports this stuff. Maybe he was just paying lip service to it, but frankly even that is going too far for my tastes.”

“This must contravene Japanese work safety laws?”

“Baby boomers sacrificing young people to their disgustingly narcissistic ideals again.”

“And do the male students clean the female toilets?”

“Diseases communicable by contact with faeces:

Pharyngoconjunctival fever


Hand, foot and mouth disease


Enterohemorrhagic E. coli



“Look it up – all this stuff is being promoted nationally and internationally by a toilet-cleaning cult group [the “Make Japan Beautiful Society,” which operates the “Learning Through Cleaning Society” responsible for promoting barehanded toilet rubbing and which even has a page devoted to the spiritual benefits of cleaning toilets] run by the old man [author of such classics as “Rules of Life I Learned Through Cleaning”] who founded the ‘Yellow Hat‘ car accessory chain. It’s a cult.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Brilliant!Now when they offer to compromise with maid outfits and light dusting it will seem much more reasonable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:31 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Humiliation. That's all I see here.

    Let them wear shoes and gloves at least. This is not the dark ages.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    but this is the director's fetish

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they till lucky he not order them to lick it :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't have a problem with having the students do the cleaning. But doing so barefoot and without gloves is unsanitary and dangerous to the health.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You are not correct!
    Your saliva have more bacteria than your urine!
    In urine is almost no bacteria!
    Urine from healthy person is more clean than water in pipe in some countries.
    Urine is not toxic.[6] However, being a waste product, it does contain compounds undesirable to the body and can be irritating to skin and eyes. After suitable processing (as is done, for example, on the International Space Station), it is possible to extract potable water from urine for drinking.

    So in space station they drink urine!
    (yellow urine is toxic but transparent urine is almost 100% water - purified water without bacteria and viruses!)

    Children must get dirty at young age so they will be more healthier at old age.

    But I agree they could give them gloves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Dude, people shit in toilets too. Urine may be sterile, but feces is one of the most prolific breeding grounds for bacteria and parasites (like worms, flukes, etc.).

    BTW - you're full of shit on drinking urine. They extract water from the urine, leaving urea and other body waste chemicals behind. Jesus, you should work for Fox news, you spin facts into lies so well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still western thinking.

    In Japan having the girls you share you school life with cleaning your messes will yield to better result.
    Male would socialize on that and come to understand each other's messes while showing them to the girls puts it in a completely different perspective: boys would never want girls to know how dirty they are, it would be overhumiliating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    One should think the opposite.

    Boys should clean the boys' room.
    Girls should clean the girls' room.

    If they don't clean up their own stuff, what's to encourage them to not make such disgusting messes when they themselves do not have to clean it?

    But yes they could give them cleaning implements. Why they don't is ... cheap. They don't have someone else cleaning it. They could at least afford some tools.

    Comment by Liar
    21:25 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    My country school also have this kind of activity at least 2 times a year up to middle school. It's actually a fun activity where all students are hand in hand in cleaning the entire school. In the picture, you can see not only female students are cleaning but also male students.
    They are also using clothes to clean. It's not like they clean it with hands.
    Well, it was around 10 years ago. Time has changes. All people just keep complaining about everything. They never really see through the child eyes. It's not like they will die the next day after cleaning the toilet bare handed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And we're the filthy barbarians?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:14 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Blame their educational system. The teachers are tyrants and rapists who can go away with "discipline".

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I was looking for the china tag on this one >.> <.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh? Theres no China tag?

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    Comment by Dia
    16:38 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought it was a bout south asia at first ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:18 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    we're hairy and that's a problem for them

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Which is funny, because it isn't like they aren't "hairy" too if you get my meaning. ;)

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    16:02 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Google "hairy Japanese" and all becomes clear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh... BURN!!!1!!!11!1!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't want to hear about 'being hairy' from a nation where women don't even shave their armpits. It's like France, but without the scenery and everyone had crooked teeth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “The middle girl’s cute.”
    &_& Glad to see this post has its priorities straight

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    if i were made to do this, i'd make all the teachers some onigiri right after without washing my hands and make sure they ate it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Don't forget to melt some mothballs and mix them in.

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    Comment by Zeick
    13:26 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Don't forget the needles

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:43 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    dat higurashi scene
    still one of my favorite things ever

    15:53 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Add some cockroaches for extra taste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:04 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and some sea lice

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 22/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Where's Equality Now?

    Seriously, someone should notify them, they'd have a field day with this and would actually do something productive for a change.

    I guess just tweeting or posting it on facebook or something would already suffice for the right places to eventually catch wind about it. Ultra-conservative Japanese teacherism vs. international pressure on children-related issues... I wonder who'd win? The cult of Japanese teachers won't easily bent over like the eroge industry, so it'd make for an interesting fight at least...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is the type of stuff that sneaks through when everyone is worried about trying to protect the kids from the evilness of manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    For once it's not China.

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    Comment by Megidola
    10:33 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In China the toilets explode before they can clean them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That's assuming the toilets aren't just made of random garbage, of course.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Garbage in, garbage out

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    Comment by Gitami
    10:43 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The cleaners resume over there requires demolition specialists certification.

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    Comment by kamiru
    13:07 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    in china ALL resume needs demolition specialists cert.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:18 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know fake certifications would probably be available for cheap?

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    Comment by Zeick
    13:27 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    China has toliets :O

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well they don't last very long.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In China, people avoid pissing in the urinals so there's nothing to clean.
    They also avoid shitting inside the can.

    These kids are lucky they're not cleaning a Chinese public toilet.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    10:07 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was about to ask if this was another China-related post before reading a bit more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    China would never clean anything are you dense

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey, they sometimes wipe up something, even if it's just to make "soy sauce" out of it

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:11 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure they clean except when they do it's with a fire hose or a lite road flare.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:39 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see what you did there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    By fire hose, I believe you mean flame thrower.

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    Comment by Jeff Z
    09:42 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Do they not have those brush things over there?

    But to be fair, if plumbers in japan spend all day killing turtles and mushrooms, this makes hella more sense.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    10:07 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Its like a religion. It never makes sense.

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    13:13 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    (Even) as a Catholic, I have to say what Yoshii-kun said is true; especially if it points on those so-called religious rather than the religion itself.

    First day they'd say "God helps those who help themselves." Another day later they'd go for "Just pray to God and do nothing, He will still help us as long as we kneel down for hours and recite our prayers (while Jesus cried "Dude, do it yourself! I'm too busy sending countless petition to my father asking him to stop playing with the Disaster buttons in the Control Room").

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    Comment by Ben
    10:29 21/06/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Okay, now that's just a troll comment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh and I mustn't forget the guilt by association as well!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, the good old tu quoque. I've always been fond of that one

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And here you are on this site.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You wouldn't have thought I was trolling if what I said hadn't genuinely upset you. Sorry buddy, but I'm not trolling.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    14:22 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    The anonymous trolls aren't trying hard enough... troll harder, I've read better negative comments on youtube, surely you lot can do better XP

    Comment by Anonymous

    Hey it's a free world. Leave them and don't provoke them because someone might go on a down vote spree.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Comment voters are braindead

    Comment by Anonymous

    man look at all the edgy sankaku-atheists, no surprise you guys are perverted weirdos devoid of any moral character or values

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    Comment by Andices
    09:56 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cleaners run out of business.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Janitors potentially losing their jobs is the only real problem with this

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's copyright problem

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