In Japan, dropping trash in the street is a social taboo.

In many ways, big and small, the Japanese keep their cities clean.

Neighborhood clean-ups

Communities regularly come together to sweep streets, clean drains and tidy public flower beds.

Spotless public transport

Every seat has its own bag provided for the disposal of litter.

Never walk and eat rule

In Japanese culture, it is rude to eat whilst walking around.

Fewer dustbins

A lack of bins encourages peole to take their litter home with them.

Waste separation

Japan has 44 categories of waste, including unfinished drinks, plastic and bottle tops.


Japanese people are fastidious about cleanliness and take responsibility for their litter.

Learn more about Japan and its culture of cleaning in this very educational video from the World Economic Forum.

This is why Japanese people don’t litter

How Japan keeps the streets clean. Read more:

Posted by World Economic Forum on Sunday, 16 July 2017


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