Japanese fans clean stadium even after heartbreaking World Cup 2018 exit

first_imgFootball fans from Japan have set a great example in the FIFA World Cup 2018 by staying back after the matches to clean up the garbage inside the stadiums.And the ritual continued on Monday even as their national team crashed out of the tournament after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss against Belgium in the round of 16 at Rostov-On-Don.Japan was carrying the hopes of millions of people being the only Asian team in the round of 16 but their rampaging run ended in vain as Belgium became the first team to come from two goals down to win a World Cup knockout round match since Germany’s 3-2 triumph over England in the 1970 edition.World Cup 2018: A nation in tears after Japan’s heartbreaking exitBut even after the loss the Blue Samurai fans were seen cleaning up after themselves, picking up litter under the seats in their section of the Rostov Arena stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE Visiting Japanese tourists have done this throughout World Cup 2018 in Russia (AP Photo) A fan of Japan collects trash after the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena on Monday (AP Photo)The 61st-ranked Japanese were given little chance of making an impact at the tournament, but their gritty group stage display and last-16 match versus Belgium won over the fans.But as the players won accolades for their performance on the field, the Japanese fans earned respect and praise from all around the world with their kind gesture off the field.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: ‘Japan played like warriors’ – Blue Samurais win heartsThe visiting Japanese tourists have done this throughout the tournament in Russia and have now set a great example for the fans of other teams that are remaining in the tournament.World Cup 2018: Belgium’s counterattack stunned Japan, admits coachLast week, videos were posted on social media showed Japanese fans cleaning up after themselves in the wake of their win over Colombia in their group fixture. Senegal fans were also filmed being similarly hygienic following their win over Poland.World Cup 2018: Belgium overcome brave Japan to reach quarter-finals”Also we like to try and support our team by waving the blue big dustbin bags, so I think like we make the most of the dustbin bags as well,” said Japanese fan Wataru Morita outside the stadium. “So we are looking forward to showing our culture to the world through this competition as well.”World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingCleanliness is something which the Japanese are very particular about even back home as it is engrained in their culture. Japan fans clean up after themselves after the match against Senegal (Reuters Photo)”Cleaning the school is a part of the school day and an aspect of the education that students receive,” explains Scott North, a professor of sociology at Osaka University. “Cleaning up contributes to keeping the environment liveable in the densely populated cities and is also an expression of care and regard for one’s neighbours.”I think the Japanese are proudly conscious of their reputation as a clean culture, and they probably expect other places to be somewhat less so,” he added.Sadly the Japanese fans won’t be seen cleaning up the stadium after the matches any more after their team’s exit but hopefully the spectators and fans from other countries can carry on this tradition in the matches to come.last_img read more