Feb. 27, 2015 – “China media mock Japan’s luxury lavatories” (Japan Today)

Or How Even Toilet Seats Get Dragged Into Politics…

The built-in bottom washers and pre-warmed seats of Japan’s luxury toilets faced a storm in a U-bend on Thursday as Chinese state-run media launched a thunderous tirade against them… There were calls for Chinese consumers not to purchase Japanese goods when the two countries’ relations reached crisis point over East China Sea islets controlled by Tokyo and claimed by Beijing. Buying its neighbor’s lavatories “makes a mockery of China’s boycott of Japanese goods”, the paper said…”

Click here for the original English version of the Global Times Editorial, entitled “Popularity of Japanese toilet seats overstated”. Click here for the Chinese version.