Lixil, Toto hope toilets can help flush away women’s poverty hopes toilets can help flush away women’s poverty

The Wall Street Journal in its Sept. 4 edition, says  Japan has been the world’s largest bilateral donor in the water and sanitation sector since the 1990s, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Japan donated an average of $1.6 billion annually from 2011 to 2013—more than 2.5 times the second-largest bilateral donor, Germany, says the charity WaterAid.

Japanese companies such as Lixil Corp. and Toto Ltd. have pushed for decades to export the nation’s high-tech toilets—heated, bidet-equipped commodes—to the U.S. and other wealthy nations. But these firms are also creating more basic models for poor countries.

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