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9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo

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Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27.

Police on Thursday released a photo of Rina Hataya, a 3rd year student at Higashi-Sapporo Elementary School in Shiroishi Ward.

Fuji TV reported that the girl left home at around 3 p.m. on Jan 27 after telling her mother that she was going to buy a notebook for school. She has not been seen since.

Police said they questioned the girl's friends, the family's neighbors, but after turning up no clues, they decided to release the girl's photo to the media in case she has fallen victim to a crime.

Hataya is about 1.3 meters tall, of slim build, with hair a bit longer than her shoulders and wears purple-framed glasses. When she left home, she was wearing a black down jacket and beige pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call Sapporo Shiraishi police at 011-814-0110.

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I really hope she is found ok.

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Me too. Reports of girls going missing have become more prevalent of late. As she's been missing for so long, I can't help thinking something bad happened as much as I hope it hasn't.

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Wow...not a another one...hope they find her like they found the other two

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There is no telling how many kids go missing if your source is the news. They don't tell you all the stories. They pick and choose.

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I have a heartache every time I hear of news reports of young children involved in an accident or an incident. I sincerely hope that the girl returns to her parents safely.

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I was just thinking about this one, has anyone ever considered putting a gps tracker in their kids shoes or backpack or whatever, this is happening more and more often. Hope to go she will turn up alive like the last 2 girls

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@papigiulio You'd wonder they are good at inventing a lot of crazy stuff but I can't believe no one patented it yet when this kind of stories are too prevalent in Japan.

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I was just thinking about this one, has anyone ever considered putting a gps tracker in their kids shoes or backpack or whatever, this is happening more and more often.

Good idea. You can get them in kids' phones but you can't bring the phones to school.

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There is no telling how many kids go missing if your source is the news. They don't tell you all the stories. They pick and choose.

Exactly, I wonder if the income bracket of the family whose daughter is missing plays a role too in what is reported.

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This is obviously just a fad trending with young rebel-without-a-cause girls. Parents should ignore the cries for attention and not notify the police. Then the girls will come home all defeated and pouty-like.

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papigiulioJan. 31, 2014 - 08:53AM JST I was just thinking about this one, has anyone ever considered putting a gps tracker in their kids shoes or backpack or whatever, this is happening more and more often. Hope to go she will turn up alive like the last 2 girls VincehwrJan. 31, 2014 - 09:05AM JST @papigiulio You'd wonder they are good at inventing a lot of crazy stuff but I can't believe no one patented it yet

Those things already exist and are fairly common. Every cellphone operator sells them and some schools require them.

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I think there is even a company in Mexico that injects gps trackers in children and pets due to the many kidnappings. (Usually rich families…) I hope she is found safe, there are a lot of evil people out there.

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@slenderman

This is obviously just a fad trending with young rebel-without-a-cause girls. Parents should ignore the cries for attention and not notify the police. Then the girls will come home all defeated and pouty-like.

I can't tell if your comments are sarcastic or said with sincerity.

According to the Japanese news sites, this girl did go to the store to buy a notebook. There were witnesses who spotted her at the store and one the way home. At some point, on the way home from the store she went missing, so I seriously doubt this is a runaway case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsAeINc-HZM

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For every day that she is missing, there is a significant less chance that she will be found alive. I just hope this time that is not the case. 9 year old child! Gotta be scary! Come home soon, come home safe!

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We are just a small number of gaijin and our concern may not amount to much, but I do wish a picture of reasonable size and clarity were posted for us to see. What I see here would not aid me in identifying her if I saw her.

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If she was abducted, 4 days sounds like well over the danger point to me (like, of able to get her back alive, or get the kidnapper before he is settled and able to keep her confined for years). If a runaway, there's always the hope she will come out of hiding...

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@Sugar Bowl

There a plenty of larger more clearer pictures on the other news sites....don:t why JT chose the smallest one out there

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Parents who led their small children wander free are delusional if they think japan is as safe as it was a decade ago

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On the Japanese news, they said that there are also reports that this little girl was also seen talking to a stranger, to a man around 30 years old who was driving around and that she followed him but now they do not know what happened after. Why, oh why would such a young girl go off with some total stranger?? I do hope nothing bad happens to her and that she gets back to her family safe and sound.

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Japan needs their own AMBER Alert System. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_abduction_alert_system

Of course, such a system only kicks-in once police confirm an abduction has happened (i.e. someone sees the child get abducted).

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sad, hope she is found, I will say a prayer for her return, sad because its in a area that her just wondering off would be dangerous weather wise, either she ran away to a friend which at this point someone would have called someone buy now, or she has been taken by someone, and the last option she might be gone forever and they will find her one day.

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So sad. I was driving in this area at exactly that time Monday, going over and over it in my mind to think if I saw anything unusual. She was last seen only 100 m from her home....100 m!

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As a parent - this story chills me.

I hope she gets home safe.

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