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Why do the Japanese clean up the garbage in the stadium?

I’m not a stadium fan, but when I saw in the report on television that after the match the Japanese were walking leisurely along the rows of the stadium and cleaning up (after all, others) garbage – I was amazed. Fans in fact people such – came, shouted, put on and went to celebrate further. These are emotions and expression (and alcohol often). What kind of cleaning! The stadium would have remained whole after the match.

If it was an isolated case – okay, what a biker, but they always do so at the World Cup in Russia. In the network a lot of videos and photos on this topic.

Why this feature of the Japanese?


Players and staff of the national team of Japan also cleaned the locker room and left on a clean table a piece of paper with the inscription “Thank you.”

After this, we are only interested in one question: why are the Japanese so neat and clean?

Defender Maya Yoshida replied: “In Japan they say that you need to leave any place cleaner than it was before you. We are very proud of how media and fans from all over the world reacted to the behavior of our fans. “

Professor of Sociology, Osaka University Scott Norf added that this rule is laid down from childhood: “Students are cleaned every day in their schools, cleaning is part of the learning process.”

Here is what can be noted about the traditions of the Japanese in this matter:

1. It’s hard to believe, but during postwar industrialization, garbage was a serious problem for Japan. Not all were transported in time, there was no room for landfills. In the mid-nineties, Japan adopted strict laws, in 2001 the Ministry of the Environment was created – and now there are no problems with garbage at all.

2. Everyone who comes to Japan and takes an apartment, must study gomi-gayd (gomi or ご み – this is Japanese garbage). For example, in the city of Niihama, the list of rules stretched for 42 pages. One of Tokyo’s booklets says: “Issues related to garbage can easily provoke problems with neighbors. To make it comfortable for you and the entire community, it is important to follow local rules for garbage collection. “

3. Clarification of locality is important. Each city has its own rules. Most of the garbage must be divided into 4 categories: combustible, fireproof, recyclable and large (but this is a lightweight option – there can be several times more categories). In some areas, you need to buy special multi-colored bags for each type of garbage. Somewhere you need to sign a package with your name.

The residents have a clear timetable, in which day it is necessary to put on the street a certain type of garbage. If you mix up the day and the type of waste or mix different types of garbage, a warning sticker will be put on the package. Anyone who does not get right will get a fine and big problems with neighbors.

Strict rules apply even within garbage categories. It is not enough to collect all plastic bottles and boxes, glass bottles and aluminum cans in one package – for example, PET bottles (with number 1 inside the triangle at the bottom – such a marking you will find in Russia) should be thrown away separately, because this is the lowest quality and toxic plastic.

4. Since Japan can not afford to take out or dig in the trash, it actively burns it. Everything is environmentally friendly: waste is treated with a plasma stream at a temperature of 1200 degrees – so toxic substances are destroyed and no resin is formed. The resulting ash is pressed into briquettes, which are laid in the foundation of buildings and artificial islands. One of the most prestigious areas of Tokyo – the island of Odaiba in the Tokyo Bay – is built exactly this way.

The plant is like a small thermal power plant. It works on energy that is produced by burning waste, and at the same time sells surpluses to energy companies.

5. On the streets of Tokyo, it’s very difficult to find trash bins, but it’s not dirty: the Japanese have long ago learned to throw out excess where it is allowed (for example, all kinds of urns are in stores). The development of the habit is promoted by fines, including up to 5 million rubles for illegal waste disposal.

The number of urns was greatly reduced after the terrorist attack on March 20, 1995: then terrorists from the non-religious sect Aum Shinrikyo used sarin substance on the subway – 12 people died, 5000 were poisoned with various degrees of severity. Law enforcement agencies considered that garbage cans are too convenient for new attacks .


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