It is a common understanding that Japanese are well known when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene. That’s because they are trained with the clean mentality at a very tender age.
“For 12 years of school life, from elementary school to high school, cleaning time is part of students’ daily schedule,” said Maiko Awane, assistant director of Hiroshima Prefectural Government’s Tokyo office. “In our home life as well, parents teach us that it’s bad for us not to keep our things and our space clean.”
Even Japan’s football supporters are cleanliness-conscious. In World Cup football tournaments in Brazil (2014) and Russia (2018), the national team’s fans amazed the world by staying behind to pick up rubbish from the stadium.
Not only that the Japanese keeps their own space and country clean, they bring along the habit everywhere they go.
A Japanese man who is residing in Malaysia, known as Nana on Twitter has been volunteering occasionally to clean up public spaces.
As a volunteer for Trash Hero Putrajaya, as they were cleaning Ayer@8 last week, the group did a simple data collection as well.
Nana calculated that they have collected more than 4,500 cigarette butts in less than one and half hours time.
It puts us Malaysians into a shame that a person from another country is cleaning up our land.
Smoking is already a hazardous habit that pollutes the air and causing health dangers to the smokers and everyone else. And yet, these irresponsible smokers are dirtying our own spaces with the cigarette butts.
Cigarette butts are not the only trash that Malaysians simply throw at public spaces. There are also plastic bags, water bottles, single-use cups, and many other wastes.
This should serve as a reminder to all Malaysians, that we should keep our own space clean, and reduce as much waste as possible.
And by the way, thank you, Nana!