Why Japan's streets are spotless

A Japanese Greenbird Paris volunteer displays her gloves before clearing litter at Place de la Concorde in Paris April 19, 2009. A group of Japanese expatriates staged a clean-up action at the famous Champs Elysees avenue on Sunday as part of a monthly campaign to make the French capital a cleaner place for the many thousands of Japanese tourists who come to one of the most visited cities in the world.   REUTERS/Thomas White   (FRANCE ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTXE5GW

Spotless streets have become a noticeable part of Japan’s culture Image: REUTERS/Thomas White

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A bulldozer scrapes up piles of empty plastic bottles at a recycling plant in Tokyo August 19. Worries about the safety of tap water are boosting sales of bottled water and tea in Japan, leaving piles of empty plastic bottles behind in a country that is already running out of garbage dumps. Industry officials estimate consumption of small-sized PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles will reach 3.5 billion to four billion units this year, nearly the double the 2.2 billion used last year and compared with a more 640 million in 1996. Picture taken 19AUG98.ST/CC - RTRGJ8A
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A man walks past vending machines of Asahi Soft Drinks in Tokyo December 1, 2008.   REUTERS/Stringer (JAPAN) - RTR23X8G
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