[Question] Is there any evidence that handwashing does anything to prevent COVID?

I live in Japan now.

Japan has been very successful in dealing with COVID, even if the cases are now on the rise, the number of dead people relative to the size and mean age of the population remains very low compared with other countries.

I guess there are different factors that can explain this, one being that people used to wear face masks in Japan well before COVID, which made it possible to keep the number of cases low until vaccines were available. However, I am starting to find annoying the social ritual of cleaning your hands. My impression is that there is little to no evidence that washing hands does anything to prevent the spread of COVID and that people keep doing it because it has become a cultural norm. Am I missing something important? I don’t want to criticize something that might have some value and I am just not aware of it.