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The TOTO Group works together with a range of bodies, from national and local governments to industry and academic organizations, as it collaborates on public policy with the aim of resolving and improving regional and social challenges.

Participation in Kitakyushu Smart Community Project

The TOTO Group is participating in verification experiments of next-generation energy and social systems as part of the Kitakyushu Smart Community Project being driven by Kitakyushu City. In this way, the group is collaborating on a next-generation urban design that will achieve the two aims of an advanced urban infrastructure and an environmentally friendly society through urban renewal and a low carbon society.

Initiatives to Increase Carbon Crediting through Spread of Water-saving Products

With proper evaluation of CO2 emission reductions achieved through greater spread of the environmental technology products that Japan boasts, the Japanese government hopes to build bilateral and multilateral carbon credit systems and mechanisms. The TOTO Group supports this initiative and is working to mitigate global warming and address water resource limitations by carbon credit trading linked to the spread of water-saving products in Dalian China and Vietnam, and by making proposals on public policy of all countries.

Initiatives to Save Energy by Conserving Hot and Cold Water

Energy conservation through conservation of hot and cold water (Details)

Energy conservation through
conservation of hot and cold water (Details)

The "Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act)" was revised to strengthen measures against the increasing consumption of energy in homes and buildings. The increased use of hot water-saving faucets and showerheads is expected to contribute greatly to energy conservation in homes and buildings.
As part of our TOTO GREEN CHALLENGE initiative, the TOTO Group has been working on environmental contribution activities through water conservation measures since 2010, but as we expand these measures beyond water conservation to also include hot water conservation, in order to increase understanding of the importance of conserving hot water and developing hot water saving products, we have been conducting educational activities through such things as environmental exhibitions, and online articles and booklets that teach about water and the environment (http://www.toto.co.jp/greenchallenge/value/book.htm).


www.toto.co.jp/greenchallenge/value/book.htm
Energy conservation through
conservation of hot and cold water (Details)

Standardization of Universal Design Research Outcomes (JIS and ISO Standards)

JIS arrangement of toilet operation equipment for public restrooms (Details)

JIS arrangement of toilet operation
equipment for public restrooms (Details)

Other research institutions, administrations, other types of business, academic institutions and other bodies collaborate at the TOTO Universal Design Research Center to investigate and research people and ease-of-use. The industry has collaborated to study the outcomes of this research, and in March 2007 established the Japan Industrial Standard (JIS S0026), a set of common rules for shape, color and arrangement of toilet operation equipment and appliances in public restrooms (toilet paper dispenser, toilet flush button, emergency call button. These specifications are currently being developed into an international standard that is friendly to the aged and disabled, with efforts being made to enable the development of comfortable, easy-to-use products for as many people as possible.

JIS arrangement of toilet operation equipment for public restrooms (Details)

Revisions to Transportation Barrier-Free Law Building Design Standards

Educational leaflets on how to use multi-function toilets (MLIT, Apr. 2012)

Educational leaflets on how to use
multi-function toilets
(MLIT, Apr. 2012)

In July 2012, the standard for building design, detailed in the "Law for Promoting Easily Accessible Public Transportation Infrastructure for the Aged and the Disabled (Transportation Barrier-Free Law)," was partially revised. As a plumbing equipment supplier, TOTO has participated as an industry association in relevant committees of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in order to help solve issues related to public restrooms, such as problems for users. We assembled reports on issues from the user's perspective and on toilet cubicle layouts, and created educational flyers on how to use multi-function toilets. Issues related to public restrooms were studied during revisions to the Transportation Barrier-Free Law building design standards, and that leads to the creation of safe and easy-to-use toilets.

Educational leaflets on how to use multi-function toilets (MLIT, Apr. 2012)

Development of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care

Development of robotic devices for nursing care (Details)

Development of robotic devices for
nursing care (Details)

Japan is an aging society, so the burden on carers in the home or institutions is becoming an important issue. Toileting may be a burden on the carer, but people really want to be able to do this by themselves for as long as possible, which makes it an extremely delicate issue of personal dignity.
To help solves these issues, the TOTO Group applied to develop devices that stimulate self-support in the key development area of toilet aids, under the 2014 "Robotic Care Equipment Development and Introduction Project" being promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and as a result, our project to "develop a bedside portable, flushable toilet" was adopted. Our aim is to develop a product that is safe and that people are happy to use, including aged people requiring nursing care and family members, helpers and others.

Development of robotic devices for nursing care (Details)

Cooperation with "Work for Tohoku" Reconstruction Agency Project

Personnel placement for Reconstruction Agency projects

Personnel placement for
Reconstruction Agency projects

The Reconstruction Agency has established a project called Work for Tohoku, a human resources platform for reconstruction that aims to place the needed outside workers into disaster-affected areas.
TOTO supports this project and, through an internal application system, has selected three TOTO employees to work for a period of two years, from April 2014, for the local government where people are needed.
These three TOTO employees will contribute to reconstruction in Tohoku, and we hope they will return to TOTO to be active as Self-motivated human resources with loads of creativity.

Personnel placement for Reconstruction Agency projects

Lift-off! TOTO's Public-Private Overseas Study Support System Study Abroad JAPAN Japan Representative Program

Personnel placement for Reconstruction Agency projects

Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology

Lift-off!, Study Abroad Japan, the campaign to promote study abroad started by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to foster the self-starter mindset in Japanese youth with the desire and skill to wield at overseas study and other new challenges . TOTO shares this goal and established Lift-off! Public-Private Overseas Study Support Systemin2014. Toto supports Study Abroad JAPAN Japan Representative Program.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


Participation in Industry Organizations

As a responsible company, TOTO Group supports industrial organizations to work toward resolving and improving social issues that include global environmental problems and lifestyle improvement.

Key participating organizations *current as of FY2014

  1. Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry General Incorporated Association (Chairman)
  2. Living Amenity Association General Incorporated Association (Chairman)
  3. Japan Building Materials and Apartment Facility Industry General Incorporated Association (Executive Director)
  4. Kitchen and Bath Industry Group (Vice-president)
  5. Condominium Reform Promotion General Incorporated Association (Supervisor)
  6. Senior Citizen Apartment Promotion Scheme General Incorporated Association (Board)
  7. Japan Toilet Association (Chairman)