Japanese boy forgives father for leaving him in forest

The 7-year-old Japanese boy forgives father despite leaving him in wilderness for punishment. The boy survived days in the woods and he was found safe. ( Read: Japanese boy found safe after being left in Wilderness ).

Six days after Yamato Tanooka disappeared in the forest known for its wild bears, he was found safe in a in a military barracks three miles from where his dad left him.

According to reports, Yamato’s father told reporters that they have apologized to their son after their desperation to find him has turned into joy.

The Japanese boy forgives father and even told him that he is a good dad!

Japanese boy forgives father

“I said to him, ‘Dad made you go though such a hard time. I am sorry’,” Mr. Tanooka said in Japanese. “And then, my son said, ‘You are a good dad. I forgive you.'”

Six nights earlier after his parents left him for misbehaving, Yamato was found inside a military facility for the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) near Shikabe in northern Hokkaido. The facility was miles away from where he was abandoned.

Reportedly, little Yamato is as fortunate after he survived the freezing temperature at night and heavy rainfall wearing just a t-shirt and jeans. He also had acquired minor scrapes and a low body temperature, the Guardian said.

The doctor who assesed Yamato told reporters that he is in good condition. “He was incredibly calm considering he had been missing for seven days. He didn’t panic at all.”

It was previously reported that Yamato’s parents made him out of car to punish him for misbehaving,  throwing stones at cars and people. And when they went back to the area where they left him, Yamato was gone. ( Read: Boy left in Wilderness for punishment, now missing ).

Initially, the parents lied to police when they said that their son got lost while they were out hiking to gather wild vegetables, but later told the truth about the circumstances of his disappearance.

“I couldn’t bring myself to make the request [for the search] and give the reason [for him being missing] as it is because of a punishment,” the boy’s father, Takayuki Tanooka, told reporters in Japanese.

According to reports, an SDF official who was on drill found Yamato in the one-story hut without heat and curled up on a mattress.

The Japanese boy forgives father after he was found safe. Thus, his father, Takayuki Tanooka was still tearful when he appeared on TV for interviews. He was quoted as saying: “He looked well and didn’t appear to have lost any weight. He’s safe – that’s the most important thing. I’m so relieved”.

The search for Yamato had gone to more than 180 rescuers and eventually joined by the military.


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