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2-year-old missing boy found on Shizuoka mountain

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A 2-year-old boy who had been missing since Tuesday was found by rescue workers Wednesday afternoon on a mountain in Shizuoka Prefecture. He was not injured, police said.

Masahiro Chubachi, 2, was found by a rescue dog around 1:50 p.m. about 1 km away from a campsite where he had come with his parents from Tokyo on Tuesday. According to police and the fire department, the boy went missing at the camp site around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Some 200 police and fire department officers were mobilized to search for him.

The boy's father, Kazutoshi, 48, said: “It's almost a dream that we found him. I really thank everyone who helped us.”

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That feeling of not knowing where your toddler is, is one of the most awful that a parent can feel. Lucky for this family.

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Wow! Imagine that. I have a two year old boy and this story made me cry!

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how does a 2 year old go missing? there should be an investigation as to why!

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Masahiro Chubachi, 2, was found by a rescue dog

they should replace the entire Japanese police force with dogs

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This rescue brought to you by Aquarius.

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"How does a 2 year old go missing?" Very easily - they are little wayward buggers who want to do exactly what they shouldn't. Luckily, it is just a (very dangerous) phase, but his parents have my every sympathy, as do all parents of toddlers.

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romulus3: They just do - and not just from Japanese parents, who many JT posters often so gleefully bash. Well done.

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yep, I remember my son at 2.. You have to be on high alert, as they just leg it anywhere anytime they can...

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Amazing the little boy could survive the night on that mountain! It was a miracle it didn't rain that night. I live there and often hike on that mountain. It is not warm at night. It's over 700 meters altitude where he was. He was probably on a north slope, which is overgrown with short trees and shrubs. Amazing they could find him! It is a real miracle.

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Anomaly_Jr,

yeah but if you are out in the jungle...anyway, I am sure his parents will never take their eyes of him again.

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this story made me cry!

Me too!

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9:30am boy goes missing. 1:50pm dog finds boy, 1km from the campsite. What were the 200 police doing? Making sure their uniforms were neat and tidy before they began the search?

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"What were the 200 police doing?"

Dogs have better noses than policemen.

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Dogs will find a sleeping child, police will likely miss him on an overgrown mountain if he is not moving. A job well done by the police and the dogs.

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Was there maybe a pachinko at the campsite? that would explain why the mother was not watching her kid.

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Two year olds will just walk away without announcing their destination. I don't blame the parents although many hypocrites will. Just wait till it happens to you.

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how does a 2 year old go missing?

Never spent much time around a 2 year old, have you?

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thank God they found him and he is alright!!

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My 2 year old went missing at Ueno zoo for about ten minutes. I thought she was with MIL and MIL thought she was with me. And I am so paranoid I am all for chipping children with GPS! If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone. I hope I never again have to feel what I felt for those looooong ten minutes. Parents of toddlers, you all have my sympathy!

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Keep your kids on a leash if you are afraid they may go missing in forested areas or even urban areas. Or by little bells like for cats.

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Now I know why some parents have those squishy annoying shoes on some kids. So everyone will know where the little troubleseekers are.

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Kids's job= find any way that's possible to kill themself. Parents's job= to save them!

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I can imagine the panic those parents must have felt! I went camping with my daughter when she was 2 years old once, and will NEVER, I repeat, NEVER go camping with a 2 year old again! You can't even begin to imagine how difficult it is to set up camp and watch a 2 year old at once. If we must go on vacation with a 2 year old again, it will be somewhere we aren't going to be distracted and closed in enough so the little bugger can't dissappear!

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Very lucky family. Nice story with a happy ending.

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Went I put my daughter on a toddler-leash once a Japanese obaachan went mental at me in the street, shouting that I was treating my child like a dog!!!

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I hope you told her to shaddap and move along

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