Help please in understanding this sentence..?

I was doing some reading practice on japanesetest4you and on the 4th N3 Reading test, I came across this paragraph as the start of the whole article.


I’m confused about the "のではない” part…I know that this grammar point roughly means something similar to “It’s not that…but rather…” but I don’t know how I could make sense of it here.

I hope someone can help me with this.

Thank you!


の - nominalizer, turns the previous thing that isn’t a noun into a noun phrase
ではないか - isn’t it

Don’t you think it’s the case that in Japan there is more of this (this being people not leaving poop in the streets and letting their pets make a mess).


Thanks, Leeboさん!

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