Chinese tourists were finally relieved of the false accusation of the graffiti sprayed in Chinese and English that read “Happy Birthday” at a Japanese national park, after local police arrested the true violator from Myanmar on Feb. 22.
The graffiti was found last month around the iconic snow-covered trees and ground on the slopes of Aomori Prefecture’s Hakkoda mountain range in Towada-Hachimantai National Park.
Some netizens accused Chinese tourists, explaining that the graffiti was probably sprayed by Chinese tourists since a significant amount of it was in Chinese characters.
At the same time, some of them held that the Chinese characters weren’t enough to prove that the graffiti was indeed painted by Chinese.
After thorough investigation, local police arrested a 29-year-old man from Myanmar who currently lives in Tokyo. The man admitted to committing the crime, saying he sprayed the graffiti for his girlfriend as a surprise.
“The graffiti has brought about a negative impact on the park,” the police noted.
After the case was publicized, some netizens commented that as Chinese language is becoming more and more popular around the world, China must be careful to not become the scapegoat of preference in such cases.