Which type of toilet is the more common, the Western-style sit-down type or the traditional squatting type?
According to the Sanitary Ceramics Industry, 87% of the toilet bowls shipped in 1998 were Western-style, sit-down types.
This figure reflects the number of new installed toilets, which indicates that sit-down types are on the increase.
The increase in the sit-down toilet is due to their economy of space, since it makes urinals unnecessary.
They are also easier to use because you don't have to squat, a feature particularly welcomed by seniors.
The number of children so used to sit-down toilets that they feel unable to use squatting toilets is also increasing.