Japan's toilet fix

Japan has decided to install fold-up cardboard toilets and emergency water supplies into elevators after an earthquake left people stranded for up to an hour.

Japan's toilet fix

Japan is set to install emergency loos in its lifts.

Officials have met with manufacturers to prepare the roll-out of toilets in elevators across the country, after dozens of people were left in danger of wetting themselves for over an hour, when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Tokyo on Saturday (30.05.15).

Cardboard chamber pots and a waterproof bag along with emergency water supplies will be installed in Japan's 620,000 lifts - most of which stopped automatically after the quake hit.

Scientists are convinced that a massive shock is almost certain to hit the city in the next few decades.

Officials estimated that 17,000 people could get stuck in lifts when that happens.

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