Last week, a young high school girl from Saitama Prefecture received a certificate of thanks from the chief of police for her efforts to clean up litter from a portion of prefectural highway in her town.
On the evening of December 21, Risa Yumoto, a first-year high school student at Konosu Prefectural High School was riding her bike home from school when she saw a bunch of old newspapers and paper advertisements scattered around approximately three meters of highway. At first she passed by, but as the thought of doing nothing got to her, she turned around and returned to the site.
She began stuffing the litter into the front basket of her bicycle but soon ran out of room, so she went to the nearest convenience store, bought some trash bags, and returned to continue collecting garbage. The road gets a lot of traffic, so Risa had to wait …