If you ever ride on a Japan’s Shinkansen (bullet train) you will be surprised by how meticulously “clean” it is. Spotless, organized, and no lousy slacking off on dusting each particular seat. The Shinkansen average stop time is around 12 minutes, each person is responsible for one car, and to clean 100 seats in a short 7 minutes. A big difference from some countries where train cleaning most likely is once per day, and hours of duty.

The cleaning staff take pride in their work to serve their dear passengers. It runs back to their own culture of cleaning their home whenever there is a visiting guest. As a return of respect, the passengers will leave their garbage in a plastic bag. Both ethical behavior agree on respecting others and a word of “thank you.” Also, they bow when the train arrives and departs.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.