ITOCHU Announces Support for Areas Affected by Large-Scale Natural Disasters and for Revitalization of Tourism in Remote Islands and Mountainous Regions

Official Launch of Self-contained Flush Toilet Towailet

November 9, 2020

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Yoshihisa Suzuki, President & COO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today that in collaboration with Nishimu Electronics Industries Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “Nishimu Electronics Industries”), Funayama Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “Funayama”), and Cumberland Japan Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “Cumberland Japan”), it will officially launch the self-contained flush toilet Towailet and the trailer mobile Park Towailet, to support areas affected by large-scale natural disasters that have been occurring frequently in recent years, and to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Concern regarding the serious lack of toilet facilities at disaster sites led Nishimu Electronics industries, a member of the Kyushu electric Power Co., Inc. Group, to create the self-contained flush toilet Towailet that stays clean without the use of electricity or running water. To date, it has supported medical personnel and disaster recovery volunteers by delivering products to Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture after the torrential rains in Northern Kyushu in 2017, Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture after the torrential rains in Western Japan in 2018, Omachi in Saga Prefecture after the torrential rains in Northern Kyushu in 2019, and Kuma in Kumamoto Prefecture after the torrential rains in July 2020.
Funayama is a trading company specializing in disaster prevention supplies and provides extensive expertise in toilet operation and maintenance. Collaboration with Cumberland Japan, a leading manufacturer of mobile homes in Japan, led to the development of the Park Towailet, which can be moved by trailer.
ITOCHU supports initiatives to address regional issues, such as contributing to disaster relief, reducing the environmental burden, and revitalizing tourism in remote islands and mountainous regions. Through the sale of Towailet, ITOCHU will actively work to support disaster-affected areas and revitalize tourism.

Overview of Towailet and Park Towailet

Illustration of Towaile

・Self-contained Flush Toilet Towailet
Nishimu Electronics Industries began developing Towailet in 2017, taking it through production, and to completion in 2020. Equipped with its proprietary purification technology, solar power generation and lithium-ion batteries, the mobile flush toilet can operate on a battery for approximately 70 hours even after a power outage, and has an IoT remote monitoring function. Flushed waste is biodegraded in the toilet, and water purified through the filter is re-used as flushing water. The innovative toilet, independent of commercial infrastructure, is expected to help solve various social problems such as disaster response and environmental issues in nature parks.

Illustration of Park Towailet

・Trailer mobile Park Towailet
The Park Towailet is a Towailet-inside of park trailer, which can be used in parks and other locations in normal circumstances and transported to disaster-stricken areas when a disaster occurs.

Corporate profiles

Nishimu Electronics industries Co., Ltd.

Headquarters 1-2-1 Minoshima, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
President Tsuyoshi Ono
Established 1963
Nature of business Development, manufacture, marketing, and maintenance of telecommunications, electrical equipment, and sanitary facilities

Funayama Co., Ltd.

Headquarters 4-713-2 Inaho, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata Prefecture
Head Office 2-20-15 Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
President and Representative Director Masanobu Akiyama
Established 1956
Nature of business Marketing of disaster prevention supplies and fire fighting supplies

Cumberland Japan Co., Ltd.

Headquarters 337-1 Minaminagaike, Nagano-shi, Nagano Prefecture
President Hideyo Harada
Established 1995
Nature of business Manufacture and sale of Recreational Vehicle and mobile homes