Many schools like my children’s are getting makeovers, due to construction of new wings, earthquake reinforcement work, and disaster prep work.

NHK news today featured a school in Matsubushi, Saitama that has been renovating its toilets to be more barrier-free and to include more modern public conveniences like automated taps and diapering changing tables and baby-seats. The impetus came as a result of a realization that schools which serve as disaster centres, are currently inadequately equipped to handle large numbers of evacuees without these modern public conveniences.

Before renovation:

After renovation: