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Elise tries robo toilets in Japan. Illustration by CJ Riculan/NPR hide caption

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WATCH: What Makes Japan No. 1 In Toilet Technology

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A new ad in India shows women mocking men who answer nature's call in nature. It's part of a national effort to encourage men to put a toilet in the family home. Astral Pipes/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Grace Jerry performs her original single "E Go Happen" at a gathering of young African leaders at Montpelier, James Madison's home. The lyrics say: "Yes we can, sure we can change the world." YouTube hide caption

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Village chiefs, residents and government officials take to the streets to celebrate the Chienge district's accomplishment of bringing sanitation to every home. Mark Maseko/Courtesy of UNICEF Zambia hide caption

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They don't call him Mr. Toilet for nothing! On a cold and windy November day, Jack Sim visited NPR and gladly struck a pose on his favorite appliance. Note: This toilet was not hooked up. Ryan Kellman and John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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"Parents enroll their kids here because of our child-friendly toilets," says Eunice, the co-founder of a Kenyan school with latrines designed specially for kids. Frederic Courbet/WSUP/Panos hide caption

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