JAPAN: A seven-year-old boy missing since his parents abandoned him in a bear-inhabited forest in northern Japan as a punishment nearly a week ago was found alive on Friday, officials said. Nearly a week after his disappearance set off a massive search that kept the nation riveted.
Seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka was discovered in a building on a Japanese military base around 4 km from where he disappeared last Saturday after his parents left him by the side of a road, reportedly as discipline for throwing stones at cars. "One of our soldiers was preparing for drills this morning and unlocked the door of a building on the base, and there he was," a member of Japan's Self-Defence Forces told NHK national television. "When he asked 'are you Yamato?' the boy said yes. Then he said he was hungry, so the soldier gave him some water, bread and riceballs."
The boy, apparently unharmed and in good health, The child had been missing since Saturday after his parents said they made him get out of their car on a mountain road as punishment for misbehaving. He was reportedly without food or water.The parents originally told police their son had got lost while they were out hiking to gather wild vegetables, but later admitted they became angry because he had thrown stones at cars and people.