High-functioning containers equipped with toilets, showers, power generators and water purification systems are proving invaluable in areas affected by the Jan. 1 Noto Peninsula earthquake.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is advocating the use of these containers to enhance the disaster-relief capabilities of roadside stations, due to their versatility and ease of installation.

A container toilet installed at the roadside station in the town of Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 12, features a microbial purification system and solar power generation.