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Hunt Continues for a 7-year-old boy left in the Japanese Forest as a punishment by Parents

During police investigations, the boy's parents have admitted that they had left him deliberately in the forest to “discipline” him for throwing stones at cars and people earlier in the day.

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Forest in Japan. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • 7-year-old Yamato was left as a punishment in the forest
  • The boy disappeared in the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan 
  • 180 police officer and firefighter are searching for the 7 year old

The search for the 7 year old boy has entered its fourth day on Tuesday, as he disappeared in the bear inhabited mountains of Hokkaido, Japan. The boy was named Yamato Tanooka was left in the forest of Hokkaido by his parents as a punishment.

About 180 police officer and firefighter are searching for the 7 year old in the bear inhabited forest.

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Yamato’s parents initially claimed that their son has disappeared while they were picking wild vegetables but during police investigations, they have admitted that they had left him deliberately in the forest to “discipline” him for throwing stones at cars and people earlier in the day.

A map showing Hokaaido. Image source: Wikipedia
A map showing Hokaaido. Image source: Wikipedia

Yamato was asked to leave the car by his parents and they drove 500 metres and halted. But when the boy’s father walked back to collect him about five minutes later, he had disappeared. The boy was dressed in T-shirt and jeans with no food and water.

His father Takayuki in his comments said “I feel very sorry for my son. I am so sorry for causing trouble for so many people.”

The area where he disappeared is located on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido.

According to The Japan Times“His parents originally told the police that he got lost while the family was walking in the area to pick wild vegetables.

The boy’s 44-year-old father, Takayuki Tano-oka, eventually told the police they left the boy in the mountains on the way home from a park after scolding him for throwing stones at cars on a nearby road.

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“The parents left the boy in the mountains as punishment,’ the police spokesman said. ‘They said they went back to the site immediately, but the boy was no longer there.”

Many people took it twitter and said “I’m a parent too, so I understand (about discipline), but that was going way too far.”

“This is not punishment, but abuse!” read one post, while another said: “The parents are so stupid … I am speechless.”

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication and a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter handle: bhaskar_ragha

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