84 toilets in Tokyo park vandalized

TOKYO —

Police in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward said that 84 toilets in a public park in Hikarigaoka were vandalized in the week between March 24 and April 1.

According to police, 21 toilets were vandalized in Oka Park on the night of March 24. Another 63 toilet bowls and urinals in both men’s and women’s toilets were smashed in the same park during the next week, TBS reported. Some were smashed again after they were repaired, park officials said.

The park is open 24 hours a day. 

Japan Today

  • 0

    wildwest

    I hardly think that many can be called toilets, I have seen horse stables with more privacy.

  • 2

    Abhorsenaube

    The police must be determined to 'flush' out the perpetrators.

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    Mmm, yeah, Nerima is a fine place...

    The park is open 24 hours a day.

    there are parks NOT open 24 hours?

  • 5

    CrazyJoe

    Hope they catch the bastard before his pent-up anger is directed against a human being.

  • 6

    Abhorsenaube

    Some parks have curfews not allowing people to wander about during certain nighttime hours. They're enforced to keep homeless from setting up camp usually.

  • 0

    sensei258

    Let me guess, suspect will be an unemployed man with no fixed address...

  • 8

    danalawton1@yahoo.com

    I often marveled at how nice public restrooms in Japan's parks and such were. What went through my mind was many parks in the USA in the 40's, 50's and 60's, also had nice amenities, but the late 60's and 70's brought on a massive rash of vandalism by teenagers. Hopefully Japan can continue to keep vandalism down and maintain these nice things.

  • -4

    Horenzo

    "84 toilets in Tokyo park vandalized"

    cough , cough , cough, .... c ma sen....perhaps time to install SECOM services in parks too.....

  • 0

    Joseph Michael

    or they need to find who did it,which meaning the park is open 24 hours. Strange

  • -6

    Mirai Hayashi

    @danalawton1@yahoo.com

    I don't what park toilets you've gone to, but all of the ones I have seen have been in really bad condition. I don't think some people even bother to use the toilets, and just use the floor.

  • 8

    kumibo

    I doubt the police will catch the vandal as they have nothing to go on...

  • -1

    Zvonko

    Two possibilities, someone decided to send a message, albeit inappropriate one, that the toilets should be maintained or some toilet vendor decided to pay some needy people to do it to create the market for his toilet business.

  • 1

    John Galt

    This person or group is actively employing the "make-work" principle. This should be a boost for GDP according to Keynesians.

    For anyone with even half a working brain, it's recognized as a loss and waste of resources.

  • 2

    marcelloz

    Metropolitan Tokyo's public toilets tend to keep a pretty high standard of cleanliness, especially the ones built in the last five years with all the modern facilities. Probably the best in the world.

    Most parks are open 24hrs, in fact they don't even have gates. Several parks close their gates around sunset and often charge are small entrance fee. Those parks tend to be the ones with kept grass.

  • 1

    sighclops

    Looks like someone has had enough of washikis!

  • 0

    fishy

    there are parks NOT open 24 hours?

    I don't what park toilets you've gone to, but all of the ones I have seen have been in really bad condition. I don't think some people even bother to use the toilets, and just use the floor.

    "nice" parks are normally NOT open 24 hours. They actually close the gates. And those toilets in the nice parks are pretty clean, have toilet paper and paper towel.

    it's those small parks that are not well taken care of, they have dirty toilets that people wouldn't want to go in.

  • 0

    timtak

    Or, bearing in mind the timing, someone had enough of droves of picnickers coming for "flower viewing." http://www.sponichi.co.jp/society/news/2014/04/09/kiji/K20140409007939280.html

  • 1

    Elbuda Mexicano

    What a shame! and just when you want to do your thing, if the toilet is all BROKEN??

  • 2

    JA_Cruise

    what is the point in smashing toilets!?? Hope they catch the bastards soon!!

  • 1

    bass4funk

    What a shame! and just when you want to do your thing, if the toilet is all BROKEN??

    1) Find another toilet that is not broken

    2) Find a Bush or use the side of a building

    3) Hold it as long as you can and think of something pleasant until you get home (it's a stretch, but hey....)

  • 0

    wowyz

    "Some were smashed again after they were repaired, park officials said."

    hmmmm...

  • 0

    In_japan

    Find the culprit and force him to live in a cell with no toilet.

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    Brian Wheway

    I can't believe that no one has heard or not seen any thing, very odd, but when or if they catch the culprit, may be they should give them the bill for repairing the toilets, and then put there pictures in the local paper to! name and shame them.

  • 1

    John Galt

    Maybe it's counterintuitive, but how about making the toilets and sinks of stainless instead of porcelain?

  • 0

    It"S ME

    Rather toilets thgn humans.

    Homeless in and around that park might know something.

  • 0

    lostrune2

    They could lock unattended toilet rooms at some time of the night.

  • 1

    maryartemis

    Kids getting bored? That's the real trouble. Engage them. Talent is being wasted.

  • 0

    presto345

    Sickos who never had a proper toilet at home. I feel sorry for them. Give some people a job to patrol the parks and/or install security cameras.

  • 0

    Fandango Spoonmonkey

    I live near Hikarigaoka and really can't believe there are 84 bogs around there.

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    MyJT2014

    Make them clean up the all mess and work with the builders to repair the toilets without any salary until all 84 toilets are fixed. Also additional 12 months maintenance works on the new toilets without any pay. This will teach them a lesson.

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