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Narita airport to renovate all passenger toilets by March 2020

A new "designer toilet," with wider cubicles, and powder areas with larger mirrors, left, is seen in the Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Building, on Aug. 9, 2017. (Mainichi)

NARITA, Chiba -- Narita International Airport Corp. is embarking on a project to renovate all of the 147 passenger toilets at its three international airport terminals, it has been learned.

The decision to refurbish the toilets at Narita International Airport is based on factors such as dilapidation, and comes as part of the buildup to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

On Aug. 9, the company completed the first phase of the renovation project -- finishing off work on two toilets in areas such as the Terminal 2 arrival lobby, which involved installing "designer toilets" with wider cubicles. Consequently, these toilets are now available for use.

As the next step, the firm plans to install 11 "designer toilets" in the departure and arrival lobbies in Terminals 1 and 2, which have a particularly high number of users. The new cubicles are about 1.5 times wider than before, providing more space for hand luggage, and there will also be areas allowing users to change clothes and apply makeup. A number of multifunction toilets for people such as wheelchair users are also being prepared.

In addition, in keeping with the barrier-free concept, all the renovated toilets including the designer toilets are being equipped with features such as large handrails, audio guidance, and also a light alert system that assists people with hearing loss in the event of fire.

The renovation project is expected to cost about 5 billion yen (about $45 million), and is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

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