Rose George has a growing history of covering off-beat topics, such as
writing about Saddam Hussein's birthday party and exploring the Alternative
World Cup. Tackling the topic of human bodily waste is quite risky, and while
George admits to being on the receiving end of many jokes, she effectively
presents the topic as a serious public health issue supported by a riveting
barrage of information.
At one end of the waste disposal spectrum are the luxurious Washlet toilets she finds throughout Japan - the bottom of the line model has a built-in bidet system, a heated seat, and a control panel; while higher-end products monitor blood pressure and play music. Since 1980, TOTO, an esteemed Japanese toilet manufacturer, has sold 20 million Washlets to Japan's population of 160 million. So commonplace in Japan are these toilets that census figures have revealed more ...
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