Japan cleaned up on and off the field at the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday.
After its national team delivered a thrilling 2-1 upset victory over Germany on Nov. 23, Japanese fans continued a celebrated tradition by staying to clean up all the trash at Khalifa International Stadium before leaving the venue to celebrate the win.
After a massive victory over Germany to start their World Cup, Japanese fans stayed to clean up trash from the stands, an act of respect they’ve also carried out at previous tournaments. 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) November 23, 2022
The fans from Japan were applauded for the act of respect as they could be seen roaming the seats with garbage bags to pick up all the trash accumulated during the match.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 24, 2022
"Even after that incredible win Japanese fans stayed behind to clean up the entire stadium! They do it at every tournament," one fan tweeted.
"So much respect for all the Japanese fans staying after the full time whistle to clean the stadium," another wrote.
Japanese fans also make sure to clean up regardless if their team wins or loses.
They did their customary trash pickup in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after a 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast, and then did it again following a stunning 2-1 win over Colombia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In a sport known for raucous fans, Japan's supporters have helped set a courteous tone that has often been followed by fans in subsequent games also cleaning up garbage at the same stadium.
Japan will be back in action in the World Cup against Costa Rica on Nov. 27, and you can rest assured the stadium will be spotless after it's over.
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