Japanese boy left in forest cried so much he went wrong way

The seven-year-old Japanese boy abandoned in a forest by his parents for being naughty meant to follow his parents’ car, but was crying so hard he went the wrong way, a newspaper said.
Japanese boy left in forest cried so much he went wrong way

Because the woods were “scary”, Yamato Tanooka kept walking along the road, even after the sun set, arriving at a military base. There, he found an unlocked building.

The massive search for Yamato, who had been throwing stones at cars, kept Japan riveted for a week, until his discovery.

The incident prompted a flood of social media comment, much of it critical of the parents, but police said that they would not file charges.

The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said Yamato was sobbing so hard he took the wrong direction.

“I walked for about five hours, I think,” Yamato was quoted as saying. After finding the building, “I was cold so I went inside to sleep.”

Wearing a baseball cap and holding a paper baseball, Yamato waved at journalists and well-wishers, as he left the hospital yesterday, occasionally flashing a gap-toothed smile.

Asked how he was feeling, the boy said: “I’m all right.” He said that he was looking forward to getting back to school.

Yamato’s parents first said he disappeared while they foraged for edible plants, but later told police they had left him by the road to discipline him for throwing stones at people and cars.

When they drove back a few minutes later, the boy had disappeared.

Yamato stayed in the unlocked building for six days with no food, although he drank water from an outdoor tap.

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