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Recently, a young Japanese man with dreams of cycling around the world became the center of attention when his bicycle was stolen in Wuhan. His story and call for help in finding the bike has been forwarded over 60,000 times and is currently #1 on Sina Weibo. Last night around 11pm, police finally recovered the bicycle and returned it to him.

Keiichiro was once a nurse working in Yokohama when he decided to leave behind his previous life and circle the world on his bicycle. Planning to visit dozens of countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas before returning to Japan, his route had thus far taken him through Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanchang before he arrived in Wuhan on February 3rd.
While in Wuhan, Keiichiro mistakenly left his bicycle outside of a designated parking zone (leaned against a wall rather than on a rack) as well as beyond the designated hours of the parking area, whereupon it was stolen after the parking attendant had left for the day.

The modified bicycle has an estimated worth of around 13,000 RMB, and despite receiving offers of replacement bicycles from philanthropic netizens, Keiichiro was adamant to get his own bike back. In moderately decent Chinese, Keiichiro sent out this plea in a widely circulated video:

"My bike is my true love, my girlfriend, my best friend. I hope it will be returned".

Luckily, police were able to find the bicycle in a residential area of Wuchang, and returned it to Keiichiro the same night.  Keiichiro plans to resume his journey, but says he will always remember the warmth and kindness shown to him by his friends in Wuhan.

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