Japanese Fans Seen Cleaning Stadium After Opening World Cup Match

Japanese supporters were filmed cleaning the stands following the opening match of the FIFA World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador in Doha on November 20.

Filmmaker Omar Farooq recorded several fans wearing the national jersey of the Japanese team picking up bottles, paper bags, food wrappers, and other items of trash.

“Someone convince me that this is normal,” Omar Farooq can be heard saying. “The Japanese fans decided to clean the stadium…It’s not even their match!" he added.

“When I asked them, ‘why are you cleaning something not related to you?’ The answer was, ‘Japanese never leave rubbish behind us. We respect the place’," Farooq tells the camera.

“This is a thing I heard about, but I never thought it was this real. Wow. All respect," Farooq says. Credit: Omar Farooq via Storyful

Video transcript

OMAR FAROOQ: [SPEAKING ARABIC]

(VOICEOVER) [SPEAKING ARABIC]

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

Let me help you guys.

- Thank you.

OMAR FAROOQ: (VOICEOVER) [SPEAKING ARABIC]

- We never leave-- Japanese never leave rubbish behind us. We respect the place.

OMAR FAROOQ: Not for the cameras?

- Yeah, not for the camera. Not for the camera.

OMAR FAROOQ: Whoa.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

Wow.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

Respect. Respect.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

(VOICEOVER) [SPEAKING ARABIC]

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

Let me help you guys.

- Thank you.

OMAR FAROOQ: (VOICEOVER) [SPEAKING ARABIC]

- We never leave-- Japanese never leave rubbish behind us. We respect the place.

OMAR FAROOQ: Not for the cameras?

- Yeah, not for the camera. Not for the camera.

OMAR FAROOQ: Whoa.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

Wow.

[SPEAKING ARABIC]

Respect. Respect.