Missing Japanese boy Yamato Tanooka found unharmed in military barracks

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Rescuers have found a boy believed to be Yamato Tanooka, the missing Japanese child whose parents left him in bear-infested woods in Hokkaido, according to reports on Friday (3 June). The seven-year-old was found in a disused military building, after days of intense efforts to locate him, which involved 200 members of search and rescue teams, including around 75 members of Japan's self defence force members.

Speaking to AFP news agency, fire department rescuer, Satoshi Saito, said: "The boy was found alive, but we don't have information on details of his condition." But army officials told Japanese media that Tanooka was found "in relatively good health" at the military barracks in Shikabe town. He was given food and water, including rice balls and bread, before being taken to hospital by helicopter according to the NHK network.

"A Self-Defence Force (SDF) official who was on a drill found a boy whose age appeared to be seven," a police spokesman was quoted as saying by AFP.

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"There was no conspicuous external injury, and the boy introduced himself as Yamato Tanooka," he added. According to reports, Tanooka was found at 7.50am local time (11.50pm BST).

Tanooka went missing on the island of Hokkaido on 28 May after his parents kicked him out of the car as punishment for misbehaving after he threw stones at people and cars. They initially said he disappeared while foraging for vegetables, but later admitted to abandoning him on the side of the road on a slope of Mount Komagatake.

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Seventy-five members of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces have joined 200 police and volunteers in the dearch for the missing boyANN News
Takayuki Tanooka, father of Yamato Tanooka, speaks to reporters in Hakodate on 3 June after his son had been foundJiji Press/Getty
The building (Right building at Center) where a 7-year-old boy who went missing on May 28, 2016 after being left behind by his parents,was found alive, is seen at Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Komagatake exercise areaReuters
Yamato Tanooka, the 7-year-old boy who was missing for six days in mountain forests in northern Japan is seen on a television screen in ToyyoKazuhiro Nogi/ AFP
A pedestrian is reflected on a television reporting the news of a missing boy discovery in TokyoKazuhiro Nogi/ AFP
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Self-Defense Forces vehicles are heading to search for a missing boy in Nanae on Japan's main northern island of HokkaidoJiji Press/ AFP
File photo: Japanese Self Defense Force soldiers riding motorbikes search for Yamato Tanooka , a 7-year-old boy who went missing after being left behind by his parents on May 28, 2016Reuters
The building where Yamato Tanooka , a 7-year-old boy went missing on May 28, 2016 after being left behind by his parents,was found alive, is seen at Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Komagatake exercise areaReuters
Takayuki Tanooka, father of 7-year-old boy Yamato Tanooka who went missing on May 28, 2016 after being left behind by his parents, was found alive, reacts as he speaks to the media in Hakodate on the northernmost Japanese main island of Hokkaido, JapanReuters
File photo: People search for Yamato Tanooka, a seven-year-old boy who went missing two days earlier, in Nanae town on the northernmost Japanese main island of Hokkaido, JapanReuters
A member of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) shows a mattress after a 7-year-old boy who went missing on May 28, 2016 after being left behind by his parents, was found alive, used inside a building at JGSDF's Komagatake exercise area, in Shikabe town on the northernmost Japanese main island of HokkaidoReuters

Yamato Tanooka's parents said they returned to the location just minutes later, only to find he was nowhere to be found. He was subsequently reported as missing. "We have done an unforgivable thing to our child and we have caused a lot of trouble for everyone. I just hope he is safe," the boy's father, Takayuki Tanooka, said after the incident.

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