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Tech, haiku, sushi, karate, and, yes, Pokemon were all gifts from them to the world. They are also teaching society how to be clean. At the World Cup, some Japanese supporters cleaned up the trash that had accumulated around the stadium galleries after their team’s group matches. It made no difference whether the team won or lost.  Additionally, this is not the first time. During the World Cup in Russia in 2018, Japanese fans once again cleaned the stadiums following their teams’ games. What motivates Japanese players and fans?

Following Japan’s victory over Germany, the FIFA Twitter account even posted a picture of the team’s locker room, which was immaculately organized with towels, drinks, and hangers. FIFA wrote ‘Domo Arigato,’ which is Japanese for ‘thank you. The Japan squad even departed the locker room with 11 origami paper cranes, one for each player, along with a word of thanks.

Both Buddhism and Shintoism, the traditional religion of Japan, have a strong connection between the concept of cleanliness and spirituality. A fundamental principle of the Shinto religion is the elimination of kegare or impurity, and there are complex rites to do so. Japanese Zen Buddhism likewise places a lot of emphasis on hygiene. As a result, education on cleanliness is mandatory in Japan.

So who is the real winner? 

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