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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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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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