TOKYO -- This story begins with a crime.
Under normal circumstances, there is no reason anyone would want to steal my bike. It's a basic get-around-town model that cost $150. It was the biggest bicycle a Japanese department store carried and it's still too small for me. The chain grinds on every rotation, although that may have to do with the fact that I leave it out in the rain and the bike is now covered in rust.
It has a bell but no night light as required by Japanese law â€” which, as you'll see, is a misdemeanor that the Japanese police choose to enforce.
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Wish it was like that here