Boy miss­ing af­ter par­ents make him get out of car

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A seven-year-old boy went miss­ing in a for­est in north­ern Ja­pan af­ter his par­ents made him get out of their car as pun­ish­ment for mis­be­hav­ing. About 150 res­cue work­ers searched yes­ter­day in a wooded area on Hokkaido, the north­ern­most of Ja­pan’s four main is­lands. The boy, iden­ti­fied as Yam­ato Tanooka, has been miss­ing since late on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Hokkaido po­lice said the par­ents ini­tially told au­thor­i­ties that their son had dis­ap­peared while they were pick­ing wild veg­eta­bles, but then ad­mit­ted they made him get out of the car and then left him be­hind “as dis­ci­pline”. Po­lice said the fa­ther re­turned to the site a few min­utes later but the boy was gone. The par­ents told po­lice they were pun­ish­ing the boy for throw­ing rocks at peo­ple and cars while play­ing at a river ear­lier in the day, ac­cord­ing to Ja­panese me­dia. The boy’s fa­ther said in an in­ter­view with pub­lic broad­caster NHK and other TV sta­tions that “I re­gret what I did to my child”. He said he ini­tially did not tell po­lice the truth be­cause he found it em­bar­rass­ing to ask for a mas­sive search af­ter what hap­pened.

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