Four years ago, Japan bowed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after losing to Belgium in the round of 16.
Despite being dejected and heartbroken by the loss, their fans showed their class by clearing rubbish from the stands left behind by other fans.
Their gesture was hailed on social media across the globe.
It’s 2022, the world cup is happening in Qatar, and Japanese fans are still prioritising cleaning
Once again, they left football fans around the world stunned by clearing all the garbage from the Al Bayt stadium after the opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador.
The gesture left locals stunned because Japan wasn’t even playing on an opening day.
The fans were dressed in their nation’s national colours as they went from row to row, picking up plastic bottles, paper cups and food packages.
An Influencer from Bahrain, Omar Al-Farooq, filmed the kind gesture on his phone and shared it on Instagram.
When he asked, ‘why are you doing this?’, a Japanese fan replied: “We are Japanese, and we do not leave rubbish behind us, and we respect the place.”
The fans also didn’t leave any flags on the ground or stands, which had been thrown by the Qatari and Ecuadorian fans.
The kind act of the fans was praised by many on social media. The clip by Omar has now been shared on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.
An Instagram user wrote after watching the video: “They have respect and install respect in their children. So as we see this year and in previous years, the Japanese people are above others in their actions. May we the Arab people learn this level of respect and start cleaning up behind us instead of waiting for a domestic cleaner to do the cleaning.”