One of the many things I like about Japan are the public “wheelchair” restrooms (aka multifunction rooms). These restrooms cater to Moms that need to change their kids’ diapers and for wheelchair bound individuals to take care of their business. Also, many more of these restrooms are being fitted with beds large enough to care for incontinent adults as well.

Feature of Japanese restrooms

This picture shows one of the many features about these restrooms that I find comforting. If you should need immediate medical assistance, you can either pull the string or press the button. Security staff will visit the restroom and call an ambulance if needed. Just note that very few security staff will understand English. So, it’s best to know some fundamental Japanese in order to communicate.