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Japan Fans Tidy Stadium and Players Leave ‘Thank you’ Note After Beating Germany

Japanese fans clear rubbish from the stands during the FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Japan in Doha, on Nov. 23.

Japanese fans clear rubbish from the stands during the FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Japan in Doha, on Nov. 23.

Photographer: Alex Grimm/Getty Images 

Not content with showing Germany up on the pitch, Japan’s jubilant World Cup fans gave global viewers a lesson on citizenship after their team’s opening match. 

As the European giants of soccer trudged off the pitch following their 2-1 defeat, fans of the victorious Japanese team were already tidying up after themselves, shoving trash into bags and making sure they left the stadium as clean as the moment they arrived.