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Missing Japanese boy found alive and well

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Missing Japanese boy found alive and well

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A Japanese child left by his parents in remote woods has been found alive and well. Seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka, who was taken to hospital for medical checks, is said to be in good health.

Officials say he was found by chance by a soldier some five kilometres from where he is first believed to have been left. The boy went missing on Saturday in Hokkaido, Japan’s northern most island, after his parents made him get out of the car as a punishment for throwing stones. They say when they returned shortly afterwards to collect him he had gone.

The disappearance prompted a large search and rescue operation in dense forest in-habited by bears. Japanese police say the boy’s parents, who initially claimed they had lost him while out hiking, could face charges of negligence.

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