Boy abandoned in forest by parents as punishment found 6 days later

Marcus Gilmer
The Japanese Boy Left in the Woods as Punishment Has Been Found Safe
The Japanese Boy Left in the Woods as Punishment Has Been Found Safe

Japanese authorities say they have found Yamato Tanooka, the 7-year-old boy who was abandoned in a Hokkaido forest by his parents on Saturday as punishment for bad behavior.

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The Japan Times reports the boy was found Friday morning at a military facility in Shikabe, Hokkaido six days after his parents left him the forest. The BBC, citing NHK, reports the boy identified himself to military personnel as the missing boy. He was reported to be in good health.

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Yamato went missing in a Hokkaido forest in northern Japan on Saturday evening after his parents forced him out of the car and drove off because he was misbehaving.

According to the Japan Times, Yamato's parents initially told police that Yamato had gotten lost while the family was picking wild vegetables but later recanted and admitted to leaving him behind as punishment for throwing rocks at people and cars.

A search party of 200 people, which included police, firefighters, volunteers and members of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, had been searching the wooded, mountainous area where the boy had gone missing.

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