Recently, the behavior of Japanese football fans picking up trash after the World Cup has attracted the attention of the whole world.

Japanese fans pick up litter after game

Commended by FIFA

  On the evening of the 23rd, Beijing time, after the Japanese team reversed the German team 2:1 in the World Cup group match, Japanese fans cleaned the stands and took away the rubbish on the seats.

Not only that, the Japanese national team also cleaned the locker room clean when they left.

  In the early morning of the 24th, FIFA also issued a document praising Japanese fans and the Japanese national team.

FIFA wrote on the official social media: "After the victory over the German team, the Japanese fans cleaned up the garbage in the stadium, and when the Japanese team left the Khalifa International Stadium, the locker room was like this, spotless. Thank you very much."

Screenshot of FIFA social media.

  On November 27, in the Qatar World Cup group match, Japan lost 0:1 to Costa Rica.

After the game, although the Japanese fans couldn't hide their disappointment, they still took out plastic bags and picked up plastic bottles, paper cups, food packaging bags and other garbage around them.

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  It is reported that after Qatar's opening game against Ecuador, Japanese fans also stayed to clean up the rubbish in the stands.

It has become a "routine" to clean up garbage after the game

Picking up trash on the streets of Paris?

  For a long time, news of Japanese fans and athletes picking up trash and cleaning the locker room after the game has often appeared in the public eye, and this seems to have become their "routine".

  In the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Japanese team was eliminated in the quarter-finals.

After the game, not only the Japanese fans cleaned up the stands "according to the usual practice", but the Japanese team staff also cleaned up the player's locker room as if it had never been used.

  "The Japanese team thanked the fans in the stadium (with the regret of being overturned in stoppage time), handled the media properly, and cleaned everything (the locker room and benches). Leave a note saying 'thank you' in Russian."

  After the swimming event of the 2018 Asian Games, the Japanese swimming fans did not leave the swimming center of the Bangano Sports Center immediately. Instead, they collectively cleaned up the garbage in the auditorium, which attracted the praise of Jakarta Asian Games volunteers and asked for a group photo.

  According to the "Nihon Keizai Shimbun" website, the desire to make public places clean is not limited to Japan.

It seems that as long as the place they are going to is dirty, the Japanese will be very concerned.

In France, for example, the streets of Paris are filthy, unbearable by Japanese standards.

Parisians may think that this is "nosy", but I heard that Tokyo travel companies even dispatched cleaning personnel to Paris.

They are said to pick up litter, especially in the streets near the Eiffel Tower and the Chaumet Palace, which are popular tourist attractions.

Japanese entrepreneurs rebuked:

It's pathetic slavishness!

  Such a move won praise from some netizens, but some people questioned: "They cleaned up the stands, so what are the cleaners doing? They stole the jobs that cleaners depend on for a living." Regarding coming to foreign countries to participate in cleaning, some people said Think of it as "nosy".

Some people even questioned that after the game, Japanese fans can clean up foreign stadiums, but they don't clean up their own doors.

  Some people in Japan also sang the opposite tune.

Former Tokyo governor Masume Yoichi said doing so would put cleaners out of work.

The former president of the Japanese paper giant Igawa Yiko believes that this kind of behavior is "self-satisfying" for fans.

He also reprimanded the Japanese people for their "slave roots" mentality of being overjoyed when they are praised overseas for picking up garbage.

  As soon as the incident came out, it immediately sparked heated discussions among netizens.

  What do you think of this matter?

  Source: China News Network (cns2012) Comprehensive Workers' Daily, Global Network, Reference News Network, China Overseas Chinese Network