Paris is ‘too dirty’ for the Japanese – Tokyo travel agents launch clean-up operation
Paris streets are dirty for the Japanese and so Tokyo tour operators launch a cleanup operation this weekend.
Japanese travel agents claim that the streets of Paris are dirty for their compatriots who have high standards. The Tokyo-based tour agencies are sending representatives to Paris this weekend to remove litter from the streets around the Trocadero gardens and Eiffel Tower.
Although Paris is one of the most popular destinations for Japanese tourists, travel agents see the number of tourists dropping due to the recent terrorist attacks.
Last year alone 600,000 Japanese visited Paris and travel agents are making efforts to sustain or even increase this number.
“They say they want to make the city cleaner for their own people, who have high standards, but in recent years Paris has actually become one of the cleanest cities in the world,” a Paris city hall spokesman said.
The council organized a massive cleanup operation 4 years ago and when members of the council claimed that Paris didn’t win the 2012 Olympics due to its dirty streets.
One of the former environment heads, Yves Contassot, said that Paris was “the dog poo capital of the world” by 2001.
The problem is that Paris is also considered one of the rudest capitals of the world for tourists.
Japanese tourists say that locals are rude and hostile. They even developed a term called “Paris Syndrome” since many of them suffer a psychiatric breakdown. Foreign visitors expect to find beautiful streets and romantic people, and they find a dirty city full of rude people. The Japanese embassy created a 24-hour hotline for those suffering from cultural shock.