Japanese missing boy found alive in Hokkaido

    Japanese missing boy found alive in Hokkaido

    June 3, Tokyo: A seven-year-old boy missing since Saturday after his parents abandoned him in a forest in northern Japan has been found alive.

    Yamato Tanooka was found in military barracks near Shikabe in northern Hokkaido, just a few kilometres from where he was left. He is unharmed and in good health, rescuers said.

    His parents initially said he had got lost, but eventually admitted briefly abandoning him for being naughty.

    A Self-Defence Forces member told NHK national television: "One of our soldiers was preparing for drills this morning and unlocked the door of a building on the base, and there he was.

    His father has apologised to his son and rescuers, saying "we went too far".

    He said, "I deeply apologise to people at his school, people in the rescue operation, and everybody for causing them trouble." He also thanked the search teams, and said he had raised his son "full of love until now and I will continue to do so".

    Search teams including the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) have been combing the remote area, home to brown bears, for a week.

    They had found no trace of Yamato and hopes were fading.

    The Oslo Times


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