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#BTINTB Japan's International Football Team

The Japanese football team has gone viral for being clean and tidy, and while you may have already seen the information contained in this post, it would be remiss of me not to talk about it, because this blog is all about things and people being better than they need to be.

Japan were trending across the globe after their first game at this year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar for upholding their reputation for cleanliness, and leaving their dressing room quite possibly in a better state than how they found it.

They won against multiple winners Germany, and instead of celebrating their remarkable win, it appears that they used the facilities before tidying up after themselves and being off on their jolly way. Their towels were neatly folded, their bottles of water were stacked and the remnances of their meals were lined-up neatly on the table. They even left 11 origami cranes behind (one to represent each player) with a message of "thank you" in both Japanese and Arabic for good measure.

Their fans were even seen with their own litter bags clearing-up their rubbish and taking it home with them, something I can't imagine England fans ever doing (although I would love to be proven wrong), because I've been to enough football matches to have seen the state of the grounds afterwards.

Upon first reading about this, my heart really warmed. In a World Cup that has been marred by so much negativity, it's so good to see that there are people out there who are generally trying to make their environment a better place not just for themselves but for everyone around them. We need more people like that - they are better than they need to be. The origami crane symbolises hope and peace in Japanese culture and, let's face it, we could all do with a bit more of that.

And do you know what's also quite cool? A psychic otter predicted Japan's shock win over Germany.

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