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July 4, 2014 / glennlim thots




This must be the most amazing and gracious act @ FIFA World Cup 2014.

Japan may have lost out the chance to continue on their World Cup journey, but they won hearts all over the world with their incredible gesture after – they stayed back to clean the stadium of all litter as the rest of the crowd filed out.

Armed with garbage bags, the Blue Samurai fans set an example of true sportsmanship and goodwill, despite their loss. Unlike fans in some nations that have been known to resort to vandalism and violence (both in disappointment and exuberance) after a match, the 15,000 Japanese fans present at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife showed off a civic sense embedded deep within their cultural etiquette.


In Japan, it is common practice to clean up after yourself at concerts, sporting events and festivals. At restaurants, diners clean their own tables after a meal. And at public events, people often carry garbage back home to dispose of, instead of littering.

A Japanese football fan was quoted telling the NPR, “We try to do little bit of clean-up to show respect to the host country and just, you know, show off how clean things are in Japan. And we like to make it so here, too.”

The photographs went viral on social media, eliciting responses that hailed Japan as a fascinating example of sportsmanship. The host nation, Brazil, has called this out as a great example for Brazilians.

What a great leadership inspiration to us all – Leading Change starts with Leading by Example.



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