A Child found alive after being left by parents as punishment in the forest for a week!

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A seven-year-old boy missing since being abandoned in a bear-inhabited forest in northern Japan as a punishment nearly a week ago was found alive on Friday and reunited with his parents, officials said.

"A Self-Defense Force official who was on a drill found a boy whose age appeared to be seven," said Tomohito Tamura, spokesman for police in northern Hokkaido island.

"There was no conspicuous external injury, and the boy introduced himself as Yamato Tanooka," he told AFP, adding that the boy's parents were reunited with him and confirmed he was their son.

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 -- actions that have seen them severely criticized.

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 and ordered him onto the road because he had thrown stones at cars and people..

Police have said they are considering filing neglect charges against his parents, according to Kyodo News.

"I feel very sorry for my child," the father told a television reporter earlier this week, as Japanese public opinion bubbled with outrage over the parents' actions.
"I feel very sorry for my child," the father told a television reporter earlier this week, as Japanese public opinion bubbled with outrage over the parents' actions.
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"A Self-Defense Force official who was on a drill found a boy whose age appeared to be seven," said Tomohito Tamura, spokesman for police in northern Hokkaido island. - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568636/news/world/seven-year-old-boy-missing-in-japan-forest-found-alive-officials#sthash.5eW8OWhz.dpuf
"A Self-Defense Force official who was on a drill found a boy whose age appeared to be seven," said Tomohito Tamura, spokesman for police in northern Hokkaido island. - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568636/news/world/seven-year-old-boy-missing-in-japan-forest-found-alive-officials#sthash.5eW8OWhz.dpuf
The boy, apparently unharmed and in good health, was discovered at a military base. Reports said he had taken shelter in a hut and found a tap to drink from but was hungry and immediately asked for food when he was discovered.
"A Self-Defense Force official who was on a drill found a boy whose age appeared to be seven," said Tomohito Tamura, spokesman for police in northern Hokkaido island.
"There was no conspicuous external injury, and the boy introduced himself as Yamato Tanooka," he told AFP, adding that the boy's parents were reunited with him and confirmed he was their son.
"He looked in good health, but he was sent to hospital by medical helicopter" Self-Defense Forces spokesman Manabu Takehara told AFP.
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 -- actions that have seen them severely criticized.
- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568636/news/world/seven-year-old-boy-missing-in-japan-forest-found-alive-officials#sthash.5eW8OWhz.dpuf
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