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Boy missing after parents left him in a forest has been found, Japanese police say

Boy missing after parents left him in a forest has been found, Japanese police say

A small boy whose disappearance in northern Japan engrossed the nation for six days and launched a discussion about what constitutes child abuse has been found unhurt, authorities said.

His parents had let him out of their car on the side of a mountain road Saturday night and drove away to punish him for having thrown rocks at cars earlier that day, according to national media accounts. They reportedly returned five minutes later to find that he was gone.

The state broadcaster NHK reported Friday morning that a search party found the boy, 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka, uninjured in the town of Shikabecho, about four miles from where he had been left on the island of Hokkaido....

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