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‘Happy toilet, happy employee’ motto pays off for Fukuoka firm

Japan, Fukuoka Prefecture, Iizuka – Napoleon Bonaparte famously stated that an army marches on its stomach, meaning keep soldiers well fed if you want to win battles.
Takaha Kiko Co., a small manufacturer here, has a different mantra, but one just as effective in keeping its employees motivated: “Happy Toilet, Happy Employee.”
The company spent a small fortune making its toilet facilities more appealing in the belief that employees would appreciate the gesture.
Takaha Kiko responded to the women’s gripes and refurbished the toilet facilities.
For Yamakawa and her female colleagues, a bathroom break means spending private time in a spacious room, radiantly lit by nine ceiling lamps covered with flower-shaped shades made of Japanese traditional “washi” paper.
The bathroom has three stalls, each equipped with a bidet.
One stall has an iconic image of Audrey Hepburn from the movie classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on the wall.
Source and full English article: The Asahi Shimbun
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201902100003.html

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