Images via Pixabay When it comes to tidiness, Japan does it better than everyone else. During the 2018 World Cup, fans of the Japanese national team earned worldwide adoration after they cleaned up their side of the arena before leaving . Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant and author known for her philosophy of keeping things that only “spark joy,” created waves online shortly after her Netflix series debuted earlier this year . This year, Japan has an even loftier cleanup goal: tidying up Southeast Asia. Japan’s Environment Ministry has set aside $18.49 million in its fiscal 2019 budget to support programs that will help neighboring countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines get rid of its trash, according to a report by Nikkei Asian Review . How exactly? Through its expertise in waste-to-energy plants. Japan has been producing power from its trash since the 1960s . It currently has 380 operational trash-incinerating power plants, according to the ministry. While the high costs of creating and operating these plants have prevented the spread of this technology to other countries, a series of partnerships to boost their export will help Japan road test the project in 10 communities in Southeast Asia […]


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