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Japan fans pick the garbage on the stands at the end of the Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Japan and Sweden at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday. Sweden won 2-1. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

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Footballers and fans of Nadeshiko Japan and those of the Blue Samurais leave behind good memories of their all round display as dignified citizens of the Planet. May their tribe increase.

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Cleaning up your own garbage is commendable but it's overkill to clean up others' garbage when people get paid to do it.

No it's not. That's one of the dumbest excuses I have ever heard.

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one of the reason i like and respect japan so much.

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Japanese players leave their locker rooms clean after using them. The fans, even when disappointed after the loss, clean up the stands. That’s pure class.

You can be sure that all other teams and their fans don’t follow this. In fact, the losers will be trashing the locker room while their fans brawl outside. No prizes for guessing which countries have no class.

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No, because most people don't leave rubbish on the ground for others to pick up.

Why do Japanese leave their rubbish on the ground in the first place - take your own rubbish with you!

That's right, people in every other country leave trash with the intention of coming back to pick it up later.

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Not sure where you get your facts from Clippy but NZ the size of Hionshu?

Roughly, yes

NZ 268,000km²

Honshu 228,000km²

I think you'll find Japan is just 41% larger.

I know, that's why I said 'Honshu' and not 'Japan'. Are you a bit thick?

If you increased the population of NZ from 5 million to 100 million then what do you think would happen to the amount of trash generated and effect on the natural environment? Go on, have a guess.

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It's a rider nation than Japan because not only are the streets clean but the natural environment is too, which can't be said for Japan.

NZ is a wonderful and beautiful country, but to be fair its about the size of Honshu with 1/20th of the population. It's bound to have more natural areas than Japan and there are far less people to drop trash.

And don't forget that your natural environment is being ruined just like anywhere else by invasive animal species, wilding conifers and intensive farming.

If the Japanese people want to show off by picking up trash, good for them. It's a cry for help, but it does no harm.

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Most people (in the countries I'm familiar with at least) take their rubbish with them as they get up and leave. I'd say 90% do that. It's the 10% (mostly teenagers) that willfully or unintentionally leave it behind.

I have never seen a country where 90% of people picked up their own trash. Either you don't know anything about any country or you're trolling.

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No other people in the world ever do this kind of thing.

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Who left the trash in the first place? Carry it in, carry it out.

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This wouldn't be necessary if people don't throw their trash on the ground in the first place...always couldn't figure this one out, regardless of nationality.

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Uhm always this is brought up as news. Meanwhile people get paid to to this job.

Secondly Japan is clean but not has many people think. Just see port areas or road sides.

Of course streets are clean big cities be cause shops or offices before working they clean the streets.

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People are paid to clean up stadiums. Cleaning up your own garbage is commendable but it's overkill to clean up others' garbage when people get paid to do it. FIFA has lot's of money and you're taking away a job from someone who needs the job and money. They're not a cash strapped NPO or community group who need financial help. Volunteering to help a rich company or organization is being naive.

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My gosh. They a re just so sugoi.

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