Technology

Japan's toilet makers put a lid on button confusion

It’s an all-too-easy mistake for a foreign tourist to make when coming to terms with a dauntingly elaborate Japanese toilet. After reaching an uneasy truce with the pre-warmed seat, and studiously avoiding the button that plays music to disguise embarrassing noises (surely it would draw even more attention), this hypothetical visitor decides it’s time to flush — but accidentally presses the emergency switch instead. The hapless loo user is then left to explain to the would-be-rescuer why their business does not require the services of a swat team.