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What Japan can teach us about cleanliness

One of the first things visitors to Japan notice is how clean everywhere is – yet there are hardly any litter bins and street sweepers.

What’s the secret behind this contradiction?

  • Steve John Powell & Angeles Marin Cabello
  • BBC

The students sit with their satchels on their desks, eager to get home after another long day of seven 50-minute classes.

They listen patiently as their teacher makes a few announcements about tomorrow’s timetable.

Then, as every day, the teacher’s final words: “OK everybody, today’s cleaning roster. Lines one and…

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