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Seven-year-old Japanese boy, left in forest by parents as punishment, found alive: Officials

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TOKYO — A seven-year-old boy missing since his parents abandoned him in a bear-inhabited forest in northern Japan as a punishment nearly a week ago was found alive on Friday, officials said.

The boy, apparently unharmed and in good health, was found inside a military base at about 7:50 am (2250 GMT Thursday), a police spokesman said.

“A Self-Defence Force official who was on a drill found a boy whose age appeared to be seven,” he said.

“There was no conspicuous external injury, and the boy introduced himself as Yamato Tanooka,” the spokesman said.

Manabu Takehara, a spokesman for the Self-Defense Forces, also confirmed that the boy was found.

“He looked in good health, but he was sent to hospital by medical helicopter” for a check-up, he said.

The boy told police he walked to a hut inside the military base on Saturday night and took shelter there, Local newspaper Hokkaido Shimbun reported.

The base is reportedly located some 5.5 kilometres north-east of the site where he went missing. He was reportedly without food or water.

The child had been missing since Saturday after his parents said they made him get out of their car on a mountain road as punishment for misbehaving.

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Finance Committee meeting deferred until 1 pm today

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KATHMANDU— The meeting of the Finance Committee under the House of Representatives that was scheduled at 9 am today has been postponed until 1 pm.

The meeting was put off for lack of a quorum, said Chairperson of committee Krishna Prasad Dahal. Until 9:30 am, only nine members of the 25-member committee were present in the meeting.

Issues relating to capital expenditures and non-budgetary release of fund were scheduled for discussion in the meeting.

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