Roto-Rooter Atlanta Comments on Japanese Toilet Innovation

The recent development of a high-speed toilet from Japanese toilet manufacturer Toto, has led many professionals to question the overall nature of the country's research and development trends. Professional plumbing company Roto-Rooter Atlanta weighs in on this argument.

Nov 27, 2012, 06:00 ET from Roto-Rooter Atlanta

ATLANTA, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout the years, Japan has remained a worldwide leader in technological and engineering innovations. However, a recent article from CNN suggests that Japan's latest efforts in research and development are "a depressing reminder of what wasted talent can produce." One such "depressing" product mentioned in the article is a new toilet offered by "high-tech lavatory maker Toto." It is described as "a new washroom model that is inexplicably capable of shooting a soccer ball at 160 kilometers-per-hour." As part of a company that inspects, repairs and replaces thousands of toilets each year, Roto-Rooter Atlanta discusses whether or not toilet designs are a waste of talent and time.

In a recent press statement, Roto-Rooter Atlanta comments, "While items like high-speed toilets may not prove valuable to the average consumer, it is impressive that such feats are possible. In the technology and engineering market, there are currently many patent disputes, showcasing a lack of originality. Although Toto's high-speed toilet is not likely to become a Roto-Rooter Atlanta customer favorite, the new developments discovered by the company's engineers may help contribute to more progressive designs in plumbing and other areas of engineering."

In the article, former Samsung employee Ryozo Yoshikawa takes another approach and states, "Japan may have superior technological innovation, but [this] is no longer a competitive advantage for businesses because Japanese designs are too expensive and [lack] the savvy that the likes of Apple and Samsung have." Roto-Rooter Atlanta notes that while many may choose to mock the purpose of Japan's innovations—including a refrigerator that only opens when smiled at, as the article mentions—the company reminds skeptics to look at the history of toilets before becoming too critical.

Roto-Rooter Atlanta concludes in its press statement, "Less than 20 years ago, people were used to toilets that used 3.5 gallons per flush, while today's Ultra-Efficient models only require 1.28 gallons per flush. That is a great advancement in terms of the evolution of toilet engineering and water conservation efforts. However, consumers should remember that when the first high-efficiency 1.6 gallon per flush toilets were first introduced, many complained of poor flushing power that often required the user to flush twice – resulting in very little savings over the previous designs. With the same innovation and problem-solving that these Japanese engineers put forth, manufacturers were able to greatly improve flushing power using less water and show that research and development can lead to greater improvements in the world, step by step."


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