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Japan: Missing boy found alive in Hokkaido

  • A boy who had been left alone in remote woods in Japan by his parents as a form of punishment has been found. Other than being slightly dehydrated and having a few minor scratches, the boy is reported to be in good health. The seven-year-old boy, Yamato Tanooka, was found in military barracks near Shikabe in Hokkaido. The barracks were located just a few kilometers from where Yamato had been left by his parents. Initially, Yamato’s parents said the boy had got lost; however, they later admitted that they had left him for a short time in the woods for being naughty. His father has apologized to his son as well as rescuers.