Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Japanese Fans Are #1 at World Cup

 
The Japanese fans are #1!

Japanese fans who flew all the way to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, reportedly made sure to not make a mess while at the games.  Even after a 2-1 to loss to the Ivory Coast on Saturday, Japanese fans were reportedly seen picking up trash. The pictures on social media show the fans being quite thorough, making sure there was no trash in sight before they left the stadium area where they had been seated.  

Cleaning up after a loss to Ivory Coast
 
Quite an exhibition of good manners, especially coming from fans of a a team that had lost.  But this comes as no surprise to myself or my sister.  Every nation can take a lesson in courtesy from the Japanese people.

In 2011, after the devastating quake, and just as devastating resulting tsunami, the Japanese showed the world just how effective manners can be in a crisis situation.  The following is from an ABC news report on the dire situation at the time in Japan:
 
 
Queueing up for hours on end, without cutting or shoving.
 
Overnight and into the grey, chilly morning, long lines formed outside small convenience stores and supermarkets throughout the tsunami-ravaged city of Sendai.

At one, Daiei, the orderly lines had begun 12 hours before the shop opened and stretched for blocks. "I came to get baby food for my 2-week-old nephew," said Maki Habachi, 23, who had been patiently standing for four hours and still had an eight-hour wait to go. "My sister only has one day's food left." Without fuel for her car, she had ridden for two days by bike just to find food. Even bottled drinks in the ubiquitous corner vending machines were sold out. m Despite the line's length everyone remained calm and polite.

As Japanese survivors cope with food and gasoline shortages amidst the aftershocks and rising body count, they draw on a sense of social order. Unlike scenes in natural disasters in Haiti and New Orleans, there is little anger, no looting. Neighbors are willing to share with others and cutting back on energy use to limit the need for rotating blackouts.

Whether it is at the World Cup, or in the midst of a crisis, Japan's culture of politeness shines through.  We applaud them!