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Japan fans again win plaudits for picking up rubbish after defeat to Croatia at Qatar World Cup

Japanese fans have continued to collect trash in the stands even after their nation’s heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Croatia.

Supporters were again seen outfitted with blue bin liners as they hand picked rubbish from under the seats of the Al Janoub Stadium.

Japanese fans have received praise for their cleanliness during the World Cup, which they did as a gesture of respect and goodwill in the empty stadium.

And despite a 3-1 defeat on penalties, tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time, they continued to show their class after being knocked out of the tournament.

Japanese Fans Clear The Stands By Removing Their Rubbish After The Penalty Shootout Defeat To Croatia

Japanese fans clear the stands by removing their rubbish after the penalty shootout defeat to Croatia

A Female Japan Supporter Carried A Clear Bag Full Of Rubbish Left At Al Janoub Stadium

A Female Japan Supporter Carried A Clear Bag Full Of Rubbish Left At Al Janoub Stadium

A female Japan supporter carried a clear bag full of rubbish left at Al Janoub Stadium

Another Japan Supporter Is Hand-Picking Plastic Bottles Left Under Seats After The Game

Another Japan Supporter Is Hand-Picking Plastic Bottles Left Under Seats After The Game

Another Japan supporter is hand-picking plastic bottles left under seats after the game

At Home In Tokyo, However, Japanese Fans Were Pictured In Tears After Their Country'S Heartbreaking Defeat

At Home In Tokyo, However, Japanese Fans Were Pictured In Tears After Their Country'S Heartbreaking Defeat

At home in Tokyo, however, Japanese fans were pictured in tears after their country’s heartbreaking defeat

Japanese Fans Appear Distraught After Their Team'S Penalty Shootout Defeat To Croatia In The Last 16

Japanese Fans Appear Distraught After Their Team'S Penalty Shootout Defeat To Croatia In The Last 16

Japanese fans appear distraught after their team’s penalty shootout defeat to Croatia in the last 16

There Was A Beautiful Moment When Two Stadium Stewards Appeared To Thank The Fans With A Fist While Handing Over Several Bags Filled With Rubbish

There Was A Beautiful Moment When Two Stadium Stewards Appeared To Thank The Fans With A Fist While Handing Over Several Bags Filled With Rubbish

There was a beautiful moment when two stadium stewards appeared to thank the fans with a fist while handing over several bags filled with rubbish

Japanese Fans Clear Rubbish In The Stands After Their Defeat To Croatia On Penalties At Al Janoub Stadium

Japanese Fans Clear Rubbish In The Stands After Their Defeat To Croatia On Penalties At Al Janoub Stadium

Japanese fans clear rubbish in the stands after their defeat to Croatia on penalties at Al Janoub Stadium

Japanese Fans Have Received Praise During The World Cup For Their Cleanliness After Their Games

Japanese Fans Have Received Praise During The World Cup For Their Cleanliness After Their Games

Japanese fans have received praise during the World Cup for their cleanliness after their games

Bags Filled With Rubbish Collected By Japanese Fans Are Left Neatly Stacked For The Stadium Stewards

Bags Filled With Rubbish Collected By Japanese Fans Are Left Neatly Stacked For The Stadium Stewards

Bags filled with rubbish collected by Japanese fans are left neatly stacked for the stadium stewards

Japanese supporters were also pictured cleaning up not only for their own group stage match against Germany, Costa Rice and Spain, but also during the World Cup opener, Qatar vs Ecuador.

A fan, wrapped in a Japanese flag while wearing a large football cap, was seen carrying a garbage bag filled with plastic bottles.

There was also a sweet moment when two stadium stewards appeared to thank the fans with a punch as they handed over several bags full of rubbish.

The country has built a reputation for similar goodwill at previous international tournaments and their admirable behavior.

And it has become a recurring theme to see Japanese fans leave no trace in stadiums.

Against Germany, they left their dressing room at the Khalifa International Stadium spotless.

Photos shared on social media showed the floors swept, rubbish sorted into neat piles and even the windows left open for ventilation in the Japanese dressing room after their 2-1 victory.

Japanese fans have explained why they collect and clean up rubbish – even at matches that don’t involve their country.

One fan told Al Jazeera, “Our hearts are clean, so the stands must be clean. This means that the team has reached its destination.’

In 2018, after a heartbreaking defeat in the final moments of their World Cup final 16 draw with Belgium, they earned huge respect as they cleaned up the Rostov Arena.

A Japan Fan Smiles As He Is Pictured Holding A Blue Plastic Garbage Bag Filled With Plastic Bottles And Other Rubbish

A Japan Fan Smiles As He Is Pictured Holding A Blue Plastic Garbage Bag Filled With Plastic Bottles And Other Rubbish

A Japan fan smiles as he is pictured holding a blue plastic garbage bag filled with plastic bottles and other rubbish

A Japan Supporter Carries A Blue Plastic Garbage Bag In One Hand And A Small Japanese Flag In The Other

A Japan Supporter Carries A Blue Plastic Garbage Bag In One Hand And A Small Japanese Flag In The Other

A Japan supporter carries a blue plastic garbage bag in one hand and a small Japanese flag in the other

The Country Has Built A Reputation For Similar Goodwill At Previous International Tournaments And Their Admirable Behavior

The Country Has Built A Reputation For Similar Goodwill At Previous International Tournaments And Their Admirable Behavior

The country has built a reputation for similar goodwill at previous international tournaments and their admirable behavior

It Becomes A Recurring Theme To See Japanese Fans Leave No Trace In Stadiums

It Becomes A Recurring Theme To See Japanese Fans Leave No Trace In Stadiums

It becomes a recurring theme to see Japanese fans leave no trace in stadiums

Once Again, Supporters Were Seen Kitted Out With Blue Bin Liners As They Removed Rubbish From Under The Seats Of The Al Janoub Stadium

Once Again, Supporters Were Seen Kitted Out With Blue Bin Liners As They Removed Rubbish From Under The Seats Of The Al Janoub Stadium

Once again, supporters were seen kitted out with blue bin liners as they removed rubbish from under the seats of the Al Janoub stadium

On the field, meanwhile, Japan was knocked out for the fourth time in the last 16 leg – unable to repeat the epic results against Germany and Spain in the group stage.

They took a first half lead two minutes before the break when a short corner routine saw Ritsu Doan deliver a fierce swinging cross, which Croatia failed to defend as they struggled in the opening period.

The second half started the same way, without any urgency, until Perisic brought Croatia to life with a brilliant header, led from over 12 yards in from a missed cross, quite hopeful from deep by Dejan Lovren.

Japan leave Qatar and have made many friends with their spirited performances and shock victories. They’ve also brought smiles as the tidiest team at the World Cup, tidying up their dressing rooms and leaving little origami models behind.

They also made Croatia work hard, but what a terrible mess they made when it came to penalties.

Livakovic saved from Takumi Minamoto, Kaoru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida. Only Takuma Asano scored for Japan. It may take some time for them to clear up the heartbreak.

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