A young Japanese globetrotter attempting to cycle around the world recently became famous online, after he had his bike stolen in the Hubei capital of Wuhan. After making an appeal on Sina Weibo, Keiichiro’s bike was returned to him Monday night, after a man surnamed Wang bought the bike for over 1000 RMB from a black market reseller, and recognized it as belonging to the bicycling traveler.
The Yokohama native has traveled to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanchang in Jiangxi province, before arriving in Wuhan on February 3rd. Keiichiro reportedly left his bicycle outside of a designated parking area, and was stolen after the parking attendant in charge of the lot had gone home for the day.
The modified bicycle is reportedly worth an estimated 13,000 RMB, which Keiichiro called his “true love” and his “girlfriend” in a video that circulated on Weibo.
Previous reports claimed the police had found the bike in a residential area. CCTV anchor Zhang Quanling claimed that the incident showed the true character of contemporary China, which contains both thieves and “people with a sense of honor”, and that while the country “isn’t perfect, it’s still okay.”
Other netizens are questioning the unusual speed and preferential treatment given to Keiichiro, with one commenter declaring, “A Japanese citizen loses their bike in China, and it only takes an evening to find. A Chinese citizen loses their child in China, and the child’s never seen again. Isn’t this an incredible country?”
Meanwhile, the mayor of Nagoya denies that the bicycle was ever stolen in the first place.