In Today’s era where pollution and trash can be seen literally everywhere, Japanese fans are winning everyone’s heart after a clip of them went viral from the World Cup.
The sight of Japanese fans during the World Cup bagging trash after the match is surprising everyone. Though the Japanese teams are famous for doing the same thing in their dressing rooms including for cleaning the floor, hanging up the towels and even leaving a thanks note.
However, their behavior from the World Cup 2022 in Qatar left social media go wild as footage of them seemed to be praised by everyone.
Japanese fans won everyone’s heart
Although, they are doing the simplest things that they usually do at their homes, at their schools, at their work or even on the streets from Tokyo to Osaka or Shizuoka to Sapporo.
After reports of them doing cleaning during the FIFA World Cup swirling around the internet, their Coach Hajime Moriyasu, came forward to express their beliefs.
Japanese Coach, Hajime Moriyasu, stated in a statement to the reporters that, “For Japanese people, this is just the normal thing to do.”
Moriyasu further revealed that it’s their basic culture as he stated, “When you leave, you have to leave a place cleaner than it was before. That’s the education we have been taught. That’s the basic culture we have. For us, it’s nothing special.”
The association thanked the Japanese fans
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the nation’s football association revealed that they are supplying around 8,000 trash bags to help Japanese fans to pick up trash after the match is over after he sent a “Thank You,” message to those fans.
The message was written in 3 languages including Arabic, Japanese, and English.
In an earlier interview with a famous sociologist, Barbara Holthus, who had spent almost a decade in Japan, earlier commented that Japanese culture has ingrained the cleaning up in a person.
The sociologist revealed in his earlier interviews that, “You’re always supposed to take your trash home in Japan, because there are no trash cans on the street.”
Barbara, who’s the deputy director for the Japanese studies of a German Institute, further added in his statement, “You clean your classroom. From a very young age you learn you are responsible for the cleanliness of your own space.”
He also revealed that the Japanese education culture is made that way to train oneself as he added, “It’s partly cultural, but also the education structures have been training you for a long time to do that.”
Let us remind you once again, It’s Japan’s 7th World Cup and their cleanliness habits are winning thousands of hearts. However, it’s not the first time that the Japanese have been in the headlines for cleaning.
Previously, in 1998, when the World Cup was held in France, at the time too, Japanese teams were in the headlines and praised worldwide due to their cleanliness.
Even prior to Olympics 2020 which was held in Tokyo, the Governor, Yuriko Koike, had issued a notification saying that the fans around the world who would be visiting the games had to clean up after themselves.
However, it never materialized as international fans were banned from attending due to Covid-19 pandemic.
People in Japan pay special attention to cleanliness
For those who are unfamiliar, let us tell you, there are few public trash cans in Tokyo, so generally people had to take their trash back home to keep the streets cleaner, to keep away the vermin and to save municipalities from the costs which usually spend in emptying these receptacles.
Even this culture medium can be seen through their movies, web dramas and anime, as the character’s generally shown to clean their schools once it is over.
A Japanese journalist, Midori Mayama from the World Cup 2022, stated during a broadcast that it’s a normal thing back at their home. She even revealed that even professional players also do the same thing.