RIO DE JANEIRO - The environmental bureau of the State of Rio de Janeiro recently gave a certificate of commendation to Japanese Consul General Yasushi Takase in Rio de Janeiro, recognising the Japanese supporters who collected litter at stadiums after World Cup matches in which the Japanese team played.
In the award ceremony, the director general of the bureau praised Japanese supporters for picking up litter at the stadium, calling the supporters as champions of environmental awareness, even though Japan's national team was unable to win the match. The bureau chief said he regarded the actions of these supporters as a model for others.
In response, Takase said, "I'd be more than happy if the collection of litter by supporters prompts further interest in Japan among Brazilian people and leads to deepening exchanges between people [from both countries]."
Although Japan's national team did not play in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup, the litter collection by supporters was covered by media and drew public attention.