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World Cup: Japan Fans Clean Up Stadium After Win Over Germany

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Japan’s fans stayed behind after the triumph over Germany to clean up the stadium. Credit: Video screenshot/Twitter/Free Press Journal

Even in the euphoria of their most famous World Cup win, Japan’s fans stayed behind to help clean up at the stadium in Qatar on Wednesday.

Following Japan’s stunning 2-1 win over Germany in Group E, the team’s supporters took it upon themselves to pick up rubbish left behind in the stands of Khalifa International Stadium.

Photos show fans decked out in Japan soccer jerseys and armed with blue trash bags moving through the stadium seats picking up pop bottles and other garbage left on the stadium floor.

Japanese fans were also seen removing trash following the tournament’s opening match between Qatar and Ecuador despite their team not even playing at the time.

Some fans were seen handing out trash bags before the end of a match.

Japan fans have a history of cleaning up stadiums

Japan fans are known for cleaning up stadiums after international football matches. Back in 2018, after a heartbreaking defeat in the final seconds of their World Cup last 16 clash against Belgium, they earned the respect of millions when they cleared up the Rostov Arena.

A year later, fans once again picked up trash at Roazhon Park following their side’s 2-1 victory over Scotland in Group D of the Women’s World Cup.

In Japan, cleanliness is a part of the culture and is drilled into people from early childhood. In 2018, Scott North, a professor of sociology at Osaka University, told the BBC that tidying up is a way Japanese people “demonstrate pride in their way of life.”

“Cleaning up after football matches is an extension of basic behaviors that are taught in school, where the children clean their school classrooms and hallways,” he explained.

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