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TOKYO – A Japanese boy who was found after being abandoned by his parents as punishment in a forest has been released from a hospital.
Seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka (Tah-noh-oh-kah) was discharged Tuesday afternoon in the city of Hakodate on the northern island of Hokkaido.
Yamato was found in a military training ground hut on Friday six days after he was reported missing. Japanese media said the boy experienced only light dehydration and minor bruises on his arm and both of his legs even though he had not eaten and only drunk water.
Several media also are reporting that the police will not press charges against his parents for child neglect, but the Hokkaido police department would not confirm the reports.