Special toilet paper for wiping smartphones installed at Japan airport

Going by this, a firm in Japan realised the importance of maintaining cleanliness of phones from time to time and for that purpose the telecom giant NTT Docomo has installed special toilet paper rolls at Narita Airport in Tokyo, which are specifically meant for wiping smartphones clean.

The rolls are put inside washrooms right beside the dispenser so that people remember to clean their smartphones just as they wash their hands, since they take phones inside the washroom as well.

Hygiene in daily life is crucial for living a healthy life and while technology has been helping maintain hygiene, it needs a lot of effort when it comes to maintaining hygiene, be it bacteria being left on notes from ATM machines or studies suggesting that smartphone screens having more germs than a toilet seat. (deccanchronicle.com)

A man who died in a car accident in 2009 in Yamaguchi Prefecture has been accused in the murder of a 19-year-old female college student who went missing earlier that year after photos of her corpse were found among his personal articles, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Hawaii, where he will remember the victims of Japan’s attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. (NHK)

Emperor Akihito, who turned 83 last Friday, will no longer deliver a New Year’s message to help alleviate his burdens due to his advanced age, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. (Japan Times)

SMAP, one of Japan’s most popular and longest-lived pop groups, made their final appearance as a group on Monday before their planned breakup on Saturday, in the final episode of their signature variety show. (Kyodo)

KDDI Corp. and a taxi company are testing the feasibility of taxis equipped with automatic translation systems. (the-japan-news.com)

The initial excitement surrounding Nintendo Co.’s debut mobile game, “Super Mario Run,” appears to be wearing off. (the-japan-news.com)

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to install free Wi-Fi hotspots in about 30,000 locations across the nation by 2020, including public schools, parks run by municipalities and museums, it has been learned. (the-japan-news.com)

The Bank of Japan, which has given up on achieving its 2 percent inflation goal by printing more money, is expected to fret over the fate of the “Trump rally” in 2017. (Japan Times)

Police in Imari, Saga Prefecture, have arrested seven teenagers, aged 17-18, for making a false 110 call to lure a police patrol car to a spot where they pelted it with eggs, tofu and potatoes. (Japan Today)

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