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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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NAC aims to bring more tourists

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier which bought two wide-body aircrafts — is exploring new destinations in Europe, North America and South East Asia to bring in more tourists to the country.

The NAC, with the new destinations, expects to increase its business and carry 400,000 tourists on board the NAC planes to Nepal every year.

The NAC’s move is expected to serve largely for the government’s announcement to mark 2020 as Nepal Visit Year.

The NAC is also planning to procure narrow-body planes that would make regional flights while the wide-body planes would fly to the new international destinations.

For the new destinations, the NAC has appointed issue manager.

With the agreement, the NAC planes would make flights to 14 destinations in a week. If things go as planned, the NAC planes would fly to Narita and Tokyo in Japan, easing the tourists visiting Nepal from there.

After getting approval from Japan and South Korea for flights, the inclusion in the significant safety concern list by the EU to Nepal would remove automatically while the flights to South Korea shall open up the golden door for Nepal Airlines.

South Korea is regarded as the safest country in the world in terms of civil aviation. Likewise, the ICAO has already removed Nepal from its blacklist.

Furthermore, the NAC is preparing to operate flights to bring in tourists from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has directed the NAC for announcing new business plans by targeting the Indian and Chinese tourists, realizing the crucial role of the national flag carrier to make the Nepal Visit Year 2020 a success.

“Top priority has been given to the NAC as it is the major basis to bring in tourists,” Minister Adhikari shared.

Likewise, Minister Adhikari shared that expansion of services and facilities of the Tribhuvan International Airport has been prioritized.

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