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    Japan - Yamato Tanooka, 7, Hokkaido mountains, 28 May 2016

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    The parents of a seven-year-old Japanese boy, Yamoto Tanooka, have said they had left him as a punishment and he did not get lost during a hike as first claimed, police said.

    More than 150 rescuers and police officers were searching for a second day in mountains on the Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, after Yamato Tanooka went missing on Saturday.

    His parents first told police Yamato got lost while the family were out walking in the area, a habitat of bears, to pick wild vegetables. But the parents later admitted they had lied.

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

    The father told a TV Asahi reporter he did not dare admit the truth while requesting a search.

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    Oh no. That is awful. What a tragic story. I hope the boy is found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Dreadful it's a shame for poor the boy having these negligent parents. How could they do this? I don't understand why you would put your child intentionally in harms way. I hope he is found he must be very scared if he is still alive.

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    Uncivilized to say the least of what I really think!!

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    Heartbreaking poor boy must be so scared. He could have wandered so far.

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    Are you kidding me?!? My brain just goes numb with people's stupidity

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    In an area habituated with bears? How could anyone seven years old do anything requiring this crazy 'punishment?'
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    That poor little boy if he is found alive I hope he is not returned to his parents!

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    What the heck do you have to do to be left to die by your parents?

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    WTH? Left for punishment? Unreal
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    Hoping cadaver dogs have checked out their vehicle.

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    The boy’s 44-year-old father, Takayuki, told police they left him in the mountains on the way home from a park, where he had scolded his child because the boy threw stones at cars driving on a street nearby.
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201...ns-punishment/
    ETA: Hopefully the bears have enough other food supplies in the area and the boy is just lost having wondered off and will be found soon ...
    Last edited by eucalyptuz; 05-29-2016 at 08:37 PM.

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    Some stories hit me so hard. "punishment". Please let him be found and as soon as possible. Can't say more.

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    Call me cynical but I can't help but wonder if there's still more to the story. When was little Yamato last seen by anyone other than his parents?

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