Japanese Clean-Up Manners Are Spreading To Other Soccer Fans

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After yesterday’s Japan vs. Colombia World Cup game, it wasn’t only Japanese soccer fans who were cleaning up after themselves. Colombian fans were, too.

Back in 2014, the world really started to notice the tidying up habits of Japanese soccer fans.

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Certainly, while there are Japanese people who litter (they’re jerks!), folks are taught from a young age to pick up after themselves. For example, grade school kids in Japan clean their own classroom and school, including the toilets, instead of hired help.

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Trash bags are even used to cheer on the Japanese team!

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As Hachima Kikou notes, other fans are following suit, such as these tidying-up fans.

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The World Cup is on its way to becoming the cleanest sporting event on the planet.


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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.