40% of Japanese Men Sit Down to Pee

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    Hard-hitting journalism from Mainichi:

    About 40 percent of adult Japanese men sit on the toilet to urinate — a staggering figure almost three times the number recorded in 1999 — according to a survey by Western-style toilet manufacturer Matsushita Electric Works Ltd.

    The survey of 518 men and an identical number of women whose ages ranged from their 30s to 50s showed that the younger the man, the more likely he is to sit down while peeing instead of the traditional method of standing up.

    The 40 percent of men who sit while urinating is almost three times more than the 15 percent of men who did so when the company first started surveying toilet habits in 1999.

    “Women hate it when urine sprays, so there appears to be an increasing number who are asking men to sit down on the toilet when they have to go,” a Matsushita Electric Works spokesman said.

    Update: FTV news did an in-depth report on this crucial news story, preparing some graphs to illustrate what’s going on.


    The above graph shows that only 15% of Japanese men urinated while sitting down back in 1999, with the trend increasing up to nearly half of all men in 2007!


    This other graph shows the results of a survey given to married men and women. 53% of women thought their husbands peed sitting down, while 27% of men admitted that they sat down to urinate. This would seem to confirm the theory that women want their husbands to sit down instead of stand.

    But is there really a problem with men “spraying urine” when they go to the bathroom? FTV conducted a test in which they placed special paper on the floor in a toilet stall and had a man use it in a traditional standing manner:

    The result? A floor covered with pee! As far as this guy is concerned, aiming for the inside of the bowl is a serious issue. If his wife tells him to urinate sitting down, maybe he should take her advice?

    [As a man who cleans his own toilet, I must declare I do not have the same aiming problem this guy appears to have. Seriously dude, what’s up?]

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