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7-Year-Old Boy Missing After Being Sent into Wilderness as ‘Punishment’

For two days now a Japanese 7-year-old has been missing in the Nanae-cho, Hokkaido area of Japan’s bear infested mountains.

The child went missing when his parents left him as a punishment. The boy, Yamato Tanooka, went missing Saturday afternoon.

Two hours after Yamato disappeared his parents called the police, and according to reports they told officers, “the boy had gone missing while on a day trip to the area with his parents and sister to collect wild vegetables.”

After their initial report the parented admitted that Yamato was left as a punishment for throwing stones a cars and people passing by. When asked about the initial disclosure of the report the father said, “I was not able to ask for (a search) with a reason of punishment. I thought it might be taken as a domestic violence.”

The parents immediately drove back to the place where they left him, but he was gone. Currently over 150 officials are searching for the boy.

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7-Year-Old Boy Missing After Being Sent into Wilderness as ‘Punishment’