Japanese civic consciousness: Cleaning up is in these students' DNA

The civic consciousness Japanese students develop from regularly cleaning their school premises is carried on to adulthood

In a classroom at The Japanese School Singapore’s Changi campus, some children are sweeping the floor and the corridors outside, occasionally squatting to carefully brush small mounds of dust into hand-held dustpans.

Others are cleaning shelves or the blackboard, or putting back the desks that have been pushed to the sides of the room during the cleaning.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'Cleaning up is in their DNA'. Print Edition | Subscribe