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Vol.7 2014.11.26 Hiroko MAEDA
A Flush Toilet: The Facilities in Water System
In the living space of a ‘city’, it is difficult to leave human’s excretion to nature. It causes problems and disease. The solutions to the problems which became widespread in modern times are the system of water supply, drainage, as well as the facilities of a flash toilet, which integrates into the system.
In this lecture, I am going to investigate the details of the development of the flush toilet and its spread by examining the following aspects: 1) The history of the invention of the flush toilet and its spread in Europe. 2) The peculiarity of the system of the excreta’s disposition in Japanese cities in the modern period of transition. 3) The relation between old industry and industrialization. Through this lecture, I would like to think about how the invention of the flush toilet has changed our life.
- Hiroko MAEDA
- Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University (Dr of Science) Born in Aichi prefecture. She graduated from the Department of International and Cultural Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tsuda-juku. After completing her MA at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, the University of Hitotsubashi, she worked for a private think tank, NGO and NPO and then obtained her PhD at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, the Kobe University. She is in charge of teaching the theory of Japanese economy to foreign students at her current workplace. She is currently studying the history of Japanese industry through the key word ‘gijutsusha (technologist)’.
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