TOKYO, JAPANSEPTEMBER 4, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV
1. Close-up Nippon Foundation communication officer Kana Saji entering tranparent toilet2. Wide shot Kana Saji in toilet, locking door and window becomes opaque3. Close-up man entering toilet and window turning opaque4. Speeded-up Kana Saji leaving and other people entering toilet
5. SOUNDBITE 1 - Masataka Tsuchigami, local resident (male, 55 years old, Japanese, 13 sec): "I’m confident in the technology and I imagine it’s been designed so that doesn’t happen (the toilet becomes see-through while you’re inside). If the worst does happen, we were all born naked and it wouldn’t be that bad."
6. Cutaway: Close-up men's toilet sign
7. Mid shot toilet doors8. Close-up man filming toilets9. Wide shot park where transparent toilets located10. Extreme wide shot park where transparent toilets are located11. Timelapse toilets illuminated in the evening
12. SOUNDBITE 2 - Kana Saji, Nippon Foundation communications officer (female, Japanese, 24 sec): "Here we use a specific coating for the (glass) walls that remain transparent as long as they are charged with electricity. When you close the toilet doors the electric current is stopped and the walls become opaque. I’ll show you - you lock the door..."
13. Cutaway: Close-up men's toilet seen through window 14. Cutaway: Close-up toilet sink seen through window
15. Cutaway: Close-up toilet seen through window
16. SOUNDBITE 3 - Kana Saji, Nippon Foundation communications officer (female, Japanese, 14 sec): "Of course the first time I saw the toilets I was surprised, but architect Shigeru Ban explained how he could solve two recurring problems with public toilets. By making them transparent, users’ concerns about how clean they are could be dealt with and also in terms of security, people can see no one is hiding inside. That’s why the project was accepted. "
17. Cutaway: Close-up Kana Saji washing hands
18. Wide shot windowns turn transparent as child leaves toilet
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I can see loo: Tokyo park gets transparent toilets
Tokyo, Sept 10, 2020 (AFP) - Spacious, clean, and almost completely see-through, an unusual new public toilet block has been built in a Tokyo park -- but thankfully, the walls turn opaque when you lock the door.When not in use, the three stylish units are translucent, with purple glass for men and pink for women, as well as an accessible yellow unit equipped for changing babies.The walls are kept transparent by an electrical current running through them. Locking the door cuts the current, ensuring user privacy, and meaning that there's no danger of all being revealed if there's a sudden power cut.The toilets are part of a project by the Nippon Foundation, a non-profit, which commissioned a series of prominent architects to rethink what public facilities might look like.The transparent units in Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park are the work of architect Shigeru Ban, who wanted to tackle two of the biggest concerns people have about public toilets: cleanliness and safety, said Nippon Foundation communications officer Kana Saji."By making the toilets transparent, we can alleviate people's fears about their cleanliness, but also in terms of safety, because you can see that there's no one hidden inside," she told AFP.The concept appealed to at least one local resident, a 41-year-old housewife who said she liked how clean the facilities were, as public toilets are often "dark and dirty."And Masataka Tsuchigami, 55, another local resident, said he trusted the technology behind the transparent walls, and wasn't worried they would suddenly turn see-through as he did his business."In the worst-case scenario, if that were to happen, it wouldn't be that bad -- we were all born naked!"kaf/sah