Japanese fans delay celebrations to clear stadium

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The magnitude of their victory over Germany could have seen them go into the night of celebration, but the Japanese fans showed that the best manners and habits are ingrained, regardless of the situation.

Coming full time, the stands at sports stadiums are often littered with used food trays and wrappers and empty drink cups, left behind for someone else to clean up.

But not when the Samurai Blue are in town.

His players, fresh from a Victory 2-1 on the four-time champions in their first World Cup match, they had barely left the pitch when the Japanese in the crowd took a break from partying to tidy up at Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium .

They did the same at the World Cup in Russia four years ago, notably after a 3-2 defeat by Belgium in the round of 16, and again in the 2022 tournament opener between hosts Qatar and Ecuador Sunday, a game that was his team. you involved

In Japan, cleanliness is part of the culture and is instilled in its people from early childhood.

In 2018, Scott North, professor of sociology at Osaka University, he told the BBC that tidying up is a way in which the Japanese “show pride in their way of life”.

“Cleaning up after football games is an extension of the basic behaviors that are taught at school, where kids clean up classrooms and school hallways,” he said.

Japan will play Costa Rica in their next Group E game on Sunday, followed by Spain on Thursday.

But even if they don’t win the World Cup, their fans are already winners.

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