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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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