A 12-year-old girl who had been missing from her home in Osaka's Tsurumi Ward since Jan 5 turned up safe and sound on Friday morning.
Police said they received a call from a woman at around 11:20 Friday morning, in which the caller said she was with a runaway girl whom she had seen in the car park of a family restaurant in Osaka's Higashi-sumiyoshi Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Police went to the restaurant and took the girl, Mirai Atarashi, into protective custody. Police said the girl was tired but unharmed. They quoted her as saying she had run away from home by herself because her parents scolded her.
Atarashi went missing on Jan 5. On the morning of her disappearance, she met up with five friends through the instant message application LINE and they went to an indoor leisure center in Sakai.
The girl’s mother said she received a text message from her daughter at around 2:30 p.m., saying she was about to return home. Atarashi and one of her friends went as far as Yada train station where they parted ways at around 6:15 p.m., and that was the last place the girl was seen.
The parents contacted police on Jan 7 to report her missing. On Wednesday, prefectural police released photos and information to the public, seeking help.
Police did not give any further information on where the girl spent the past 12 days.© Japan Today