Chilli adds spice to subsistence farmers

first_imgLeeko Nkala and Mmabatho Morudi’s chilli business is making a difference in subsistence farmers lives. (Image: Shanduka Black Umbrellas)A business that grew out of a hobby and a love of all things chilli will be beneficial to subsistence farmers.Building on their a passion for cooking with chilli, Leeko Nkala and her cousin Mmabatho Morudi have launched their own brand of chilli sauce, Chilladiddo, which is fast catching on with those who enjoy a kick in their food. The thriving little business churns out about 150 bottles of the sauce a day, and each bottle sells for R40.According to Nkala, their creation is a lot chunkier than most sauces. It has a homemade feel, texture and taste to it – and it’s hot.Nkala previously had a restaurant franchise. She noticed that her establishment, as well as many others, served bland chilli with their meals. In an online news article published by Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU), a non-profit company that supports and develops black entrepreneurs, she said: “I am a chilli or hot sauce lover myself, and the plain green chilli served with olive oil was often not exciting enough, and didn’t complement or enhance the flavour of most foods. So I started experimenting with different spices in my home kitchen, burnt my tongue a couple of times, until two main recipes were finalised which we began to market.“Our range of products includes the unique Chilladiddo relishes, developed mainly as a versatile condiment, to be used to complement or enhance the flavour of a wide variety of foods. It has bite.”THE BEGINNINGIn 2010, Nkala came up with a few recipes that needed to be formalised. The two tested the product and in 2012, they got the business up and running as a full-time endeavour.To expand and see their business thrive, they joined SBU’s entrepreneurship programme to learn the skills needed to take their company to a new level. It was a decision that has already paid huge dividends.“The next step was joining SBU because I wanted grow the business, formalise all its operations and stop running it from the heart. My goal was to create a successful and sustainable food manufacturing company that [would] not only put South Africa on the map but [would] also help to create economic opportunities for rural growers living below the poverty line,” Nkala explained.The partners joined Shanduka’s pre-incubation stage in April 2013 and went into full incubation in September that year.Shanduka has given office support and a structure to the business. Added to this are mentors with a wealth of experience and knowledge who guide the business through its various phases of establishment and growth. They also helped the partners to get appointments with one of the country’s leading wholesalers with a view to selling their products.Shortly thereafter, Nkala and Morudi received R160 000 in the 2014 SAB Kick-start Awards for the success of their business.HOW THE BUSINESS WORKSHailing from the farming province of North West, the duo spoke of their passion for preserving and showcasing the country’s rich heritage through food. “Our business interests lie in agro-processing, a highly labour intensive industry, which helps to create more jobs and develop the potential of people in these rural areas,” said Nkala.Rural farmers in Makapanstad and Winterveld are already reaping the benefits of the sauces as 80% of the ingredients used in Chilladiddo products are supplied by them. Also, 10% of the revenue generated from sales is invested in a fund set up for rural farmers to help develop their businesses further. This should ensure they can continue supplying quality raw ingredients as well as guarantee a market for their produce.The business employs two full-time and eight part-time people. “We are not just about profits,” added Morudi. “We want to uplift rural communities too and we have delicious products that we are proud of.”According to the pair, their inspiration comes from their grandfather, Dr Sam Motsuenyane. Following many years of working for the government, he continues to develop the people in the community from which he comes. He has organised them into farmer co-operatives which today supply citrus products to a major juice manufacturer.Nkala and Morudi dream of owning the whole production process of their business. They said: “We will have our own production facility compliant with all the industry standards and will supply to the biggest retailers in the country and abroad. We also want to develop more rural subsistence farmers as we go by creating a minimum of 50 jobs in the second year of full operation.”They believe business should not be about the bottom line but should be encouraged by passion. “Once you have identified that one thing that gets the fire burning in your core, you then need to form linkages with a reputable incubation programme that can help you turn this passion into a sustainable business with structure and systems.”Future plans revolve around exporting their products and growing the business. It includes having their own label, Made with Rural, which endorses quality products from the rural communities which it takes to the world.last_img read more

Cruz fills in for Devance in Ginebra win over Magnolia

first_img“I tell them that once they’ve sealed their defenders, expect the ball to come their way because I’ll pass it to them,” Cruz shared. “It’s just a bonus for me if I get open in the middle because the defense is worried on the two of them.”The Gin Kings may still be dealing with a couple of injuries, with Sol Mercado also out of the lineup, but Cruz said that they are motivated to show that they are no flash in the pan and they are capable of winning the title without import Justin Brownlee.“We’re pushing each other this all-Filipino because we want to be champions without an import,” he said.“Yes, we’re coming off a championship, but coach Tim (Cone) tells us that we can’t depend on Justin. We have to step up and we want to show that we can do it.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Grey steps up for GlobalPort sans Romeo Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitiescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cruz stepped up and helped the Gin Kings come away with a 89-78 victory at the expense of the Magnolia Hotshots on Christmas Day at Philippine Arena.READ: Ginebra slips past Magnolia anew in Christmas ClasicoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I’m always ready,” the 31-year-old Cruz said of his solid 12-point, 8-rebound performance on Monday. “Once I’m given the chance to play, I’ll always give my all to help the team. That has always been my mentality.”Not only did Cruz thrive in his move to the small forward position, but he also had a hand in Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar’s huge production as the two giants combined for 36 markers, 17 boards, and six blocks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With Joe Devance out for the season, much of the limelight was casted on upstart forwards Kevin Ferrer and Aljon Mariano to cover the cracks.But on Monday, with Ginebra making its debut in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, it was the veteran Jervy Cruz, who filled in for Devance.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READlast_img read more

Leonard, Aldridge lead healthy Spurs past Nets

first_imgCaris LeVert led Brooklyn with 18 points and Allen Crabbe added 15. Read Next Playing with a full roster for the first time led to some hesitation, as the Spurs scored just 19 points in the opening quarter while trying to involve all their scoring options. San Antonio settled into a rhythm, shooting 51 percent overall in capturing its 15th straight win at home over Brooklyn.Pau Gasol added 15 points, Parker had 14 and Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili each had 11 for the Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderPlaying in just his fifth game, Leonard was 8 for 17 from the field in scoring a season high.The Nets were able to keep pace early despite injuries to their top two point guards, D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mirotic scores 24 points off bench, Bulls beat Bucks BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is pressured by Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) as he tries to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APSAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-97 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) in their first game of the season with every player healthy and available.San Antonio is third in the Western Conference at 24-11 despite being without Leonard and/or Tony Parker for 30 games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Teng more focused on wins than individual numbers

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic withdraws from exhibition after more pain in right elbow Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Teng, however, said that he doesn’t want to step on anybody’s toes and he’s just taking the shots the defense gives him.“I don’t really want to force the issue, I just let the play come to me,” said Teng. “I know anyone in Alaska can score, there are a lot of people who can score, so I just let the play come to me.” PBA IMAGESJeron Teng had produced gaudy numbers for Alaska in his first two career games in the PBA, but the rookie is more focused on the simpler figure—the numerical digit under the Aces’ win column.Alaska has yet to win a game in the PBA Philippine Cup after losing 106-98 to TNT Friday at Cuneta Astrodome and Teng just wants to get his first W in the professional ranks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “Of course no matter how good your game is, if you don’t get the win it’s nothing,” said Teng in Filipino after producing 28 points, a game-high, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.“We’re staying positive, I think we showed some good stuff in this game and from there we’ll work our way for next year. We just have to learn from our two games then we’re looking forward for a better year next year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderTeng hit two three-pointers in the final minute of the game that cut the deficit to 104-98 but he was too late of a hero as his final shot went in with just 13 seconds left in the clock.After his first two games in the PBA, Teng is averaging 22 points, six rebounds, and two steals while shooting 52 percent from the field. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import

first_imgMOST READ Balkman will join two-time PBA champion Justin Brownlee as Alab’s foreign reinforcements, replacing Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa.Alab Pilipinas will play Westports Malaysia Dragons in a home game on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe former New York Knick was banned by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in 2013 after choking Blaze Booster teammate Arwind Santos. He was also fined P250,000.Balkman last played for Reales dela Vega in the Domincan Republic League, a local basketball league. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lou Williams scores 40 as Clippers hold off Hornets Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman. AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLERRenaldo Balkman may be banned from the PBA, but he still found a way to be part of Philippine basketball.The former Petron import is now part of Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, team owner Charlie Dy announced.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View commentslast_img read more

Balkman gets ‘chance for ‘redemption’ with Alab stint

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Five years to the day I did something that I regret and I learned a valuable lesson from it.”READ: Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBalkman was banned for life from the PBA after he shoved game officials and teammates Ronald Tubid and Arwind Santos when Petron faced Alaska on March 8, 2013.The former New York Knick then choked Santos in a heated display of frustration as the 2013 MVP tried to pacify the situation. Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman reacts during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships group B match Croatia vs Puerto Rico at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Sevilla on September 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERAs Renaldo Balkman looks to restart his career in Philippine basketball, the Puerto Rican international brings along lessons he learned five years ago when he was still in the PBA.“Thankful for another opportunity to do what I to do,” said Balkman, who will suit up for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, in a message reposted by team owner Charlie Dy on his Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Halep, Sharapova off to flying 2018 starts BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments “Always remember to keep your composure and to be the best role model you can be, now I finally have a chance for redemption.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READlast_img read more

Can Lady Chiefs score title repeat?

first_img“That’s already a thing of the past and we’re already looking at the future,” he said. “In fact, after this year, we have four or five recruits coming in and we expect them to really make a significant impact on the team right away.”Arellano, which will be coached by Obet Javier, will try to ride on its magical season last year when they defied the odds to dismantle a San Sebastian team that swept its way to the Finals. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES All eyes will be on the Arellano Lady Chiefs as they try to defend their volleyball crown. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETSan Sebastian begins NCAA mission with just nine players Arellano University opens defense of its NCAA women’s volleyball crown against Mapua while last season’s losing finalist San Sebastian begins it trek to dust off unfinished business when it begins a new era Thursday at Filoil Flying V Arena.The Lady Chiefs will parade a roster virtually untouched by graduation while the Lady Stags, who got swept in last season’s title series, start a new chapter in their history after three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones maxed out her eligibility.ADVERTISEMENT Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ Regine Anne Arocha, Necole Ebuen, Andrea Marzan and Jovielyn Prado are back for Arellano, which battles the Lady Cardinals at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Stags, meanwhile, will play the whole season with just nine players starting with the 12-noon duel with the Emilio Aguinaldo Lady Generals.SSC coach Roger Gorayeb, who is expected to rely heavily on veterans Alyssa Eroa, Vira May Guillema, Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion, however, remained confident of their chances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“We’re still a fighting team but we have to avoid injuries,” said Gorayeb.Gorayeb also said they hadmoved on from last year’s heartbreak. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slowed by bogeys, Saso shares first-round lead with Thais 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Benilde overcomes Letran in straight sets in campaign opener

first_imgLATEST STORIES The Lady Blazers, who won the title back in Season 91, committed 18 errors in the first set that frustrated debuting head Arnold Laniog.“I showed the stats to the players and it showed that 18 of Letran’s first set points were from our errors,” said Laniog in Filipino. “I told them that we were giving them more points than they are earning.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“We’re just thankful that Letran wasn’t that aggressive on offense and at the same time our service became a threat.”Benilde tallied 12 service aces, while Letran had just four, but committed a total of 30 errors the whole match. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ The Lady Blazers also found their groove both in offense and defense tallying 36 scoring spikes and nine blocks.Captain Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero led the Lady Blazers with 14 points apiece while Marites Pablo and Klarisa Abriam comined for 17 points.Miracle Mendoza had five points to lead Letran.ADVERTISEMENT Paras, Ravena, Perez, Sotto banner Reyes’ 2023 Gilas wishlist Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitiescenter_img College of St. Benilde shrugged off a terrible first set in its opening game in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament and tore Letran in straight sets, 25-22, 25-11, 25-20, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedlast_img read more

Gilas resumes training for Fiba Qualifiers on Monday

first_imgGilas Pilipinas will start is build up for its next assignment in Fiba Asia Qualifiers on January 8.ADVERTISEMENT The national team will begin its weekly Monday practices after securing clearance from the PBA, national team head coach Chot Reyes announce on his Twitter.“Just got clearance from PBA OIC Willie Marcial for Gilas to start its Monday only practices,” Reyes tweeted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe PBA players who are expected to attend the trainings are four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, two-time Fiba Asia best point guard Jayson Castro, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Jio Jalalon, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, and Japeth Aguilar.Gilas’ first game of 2018 will be against Australia in the first round of the group stages on Feb. 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne. Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kiefer channels ‘Elsa’ during rookie initiation Do not bring these items in SEA Games venueslast_img read more

Squat thrust: Japan on Olympic drive to get rid of ‘squat’ toilets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “As we aim to receive 40 million foreign visitors (a year), we want them to enjoy touring Japan with as little stress as possible,” he told AFP.Some foreign tourists simply do not know how to use old Japanese-style toilets while others complain they are unsanitary, he said.The number of foreign visitors to Japan has been hitting records in recent years. More than 26 million foreign tourists visited Japan in the 11 months of 2017, already exceeding the annual record of 24 million set in 2016.The government aims to boost the number to 40 million by 2020 when Tokyo hosts the Summer Games.The toilet conversion is mainly designed for foreign tourists but it could also help elderly Japanese who may have difficulty in squatting down, said Yamakoshi.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Star balloting Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments Japan has launched a campaign to convert unpopular Asian-style squat toilets into sit-on “western” models, as the nation prepares to welcome tens of millions of foreign tourists in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The high-tech country is famous for its toilet technology that can bewilder foreign visitors, with features ranging from seat warming to bidet functions — with variable pressure.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES But to the surprise of some and the dismay of many caught short, several toilets in public places are traditional “squatting” facilities.About 40 percent of toilets at 4,000 locations in popular tourist spots are “squatters”, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe government is offering to shoulder one third of the costs to install sit-on types, complete with the bidet function expected of a Japanese toilet, officials said.A survey by major toilet maker TOTO has found more than eight out of 10 foreign tourists prefer sit-on types, said Akihiko Yamakoshi, an official at the government’s Japan Tourism Agency. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venueslast_img read more