Home-fitting makers target hygiene-conscious consumers

Demand for residential renovations is expanding in Japan as the pandemic has prompted people to spend more time at home. This has makers of housing equipment targeting buyers with products that offer enhanced sanitary functions.

Toto offers a toilet that it says automatically maintains a clean surface on the underside of the seat.

Sato Chikara of Toto says, "More consumers are willing to pay extra for products with improved hygiene functions."

Meanwhile, Lixil has a sink designed to be installed at the entrance. This means people can wash their hands as soon as they come home.

The company also has front doors with a screen window. That allows ventilation even when the doors are closed.