The cleanliness of the Japanese is known worldwide. Thanks to the internet, videos of Japanese students cleaning their schools have gone viral, as well as a memorable clip of how the JR staff clean an entire shinkansen train in under seven minutes. The Japanese have further left their indelible mark at world sporting events by taking their garbage away from stadiums, something unthinkable in most other countries.

So I wasn't surprised when, while watching the IWF weightlifting championships on TV the other night, two announcers commented on a Japanese competitor's conduct in the training room.

Announcer A: Hey look, the Japanese competitor is returning his weights to the stand.