Missing 2-year-old boy found safe in Yamaguchi Pref


A two year-old boy who had been missing since Sunday morning on Oshima island, Yamaguchi Prefecture, was found safe on Wednesday morning.

Police said Yoshiki Fujimoto was found at around 6:50 a.m. in mountain bushes near a mandarin orchard not too far from his great-grandparents’ home, Fuji TV reported. He was found by a searcher calling out his name. Yoshiki was taken to hospital, hungry and tired, but is otherwise in good health, police said.

About 150 police and firefighters had been searching for the boy since he went missing. He was visiting his great-grandparents' home with his extended family for the weekend. On Sunday at around 10:30 a.m., he went with his 3-year-old brother and his 66-year-old grandfather to play at the seashore 400 meters away.

However, when they were about 100 meters away from their house, Yoshiki started complaining about the heat and wanted to go back home. His grandfather sent him back alone and saw him go as far as 80 meters before losing sight of him. The grandfather then continued on to the sand dunes with Yoshiki’s brother.

When Yoshiki failed to return home, his parents looked for him and then contacted police at around 11:30 a.m.

Police did not give any information Wednesday about where Yoshiki, who turned two on Monday, had been since Sunday. The place where the volunteer found him had already been searched on Sunday and Monday.

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Oh thank god. What a great end to this story.

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Good news for sure!

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Awesome news!!

Being obon and all, a really happy ending to what could have been a tragedy.

Grandpa should have known better.... sending a 2 yo to go home by himself.....

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These stories don't usually end well. I am happy he was found and hopefully a new babysitter is found for this boy in the future.

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Thank goodness!!

10 ( +12 / -2 )

great, I would totally break contact with grandfather though

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

Wonderful that the little fellow was found alive! Wonder if we’ll ever learn where and what he was doing all these days.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Wow, that is good news. Family can finally relax.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Absolutely wonderful news! It must be a massive relief for his parents and grandfather after a gut wrenching wait. Thank God.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Great news!

I cannot stand those "wide shows" on TV in the morning, but perhaps the commentators on them could tell people to not let a barely two-year-old out of your sight. Let's learn a lesson from this.

(the "home" was grandpa's, not the child's. Which is probably why the child got lost)

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Thanks to all who helped bring this toddler home.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

I am glad that he is safe.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

A two-year-old survived for 3 days without food, water or shelter? There's gotta be more to this story than meets the eye.

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Glad this one had a happy ending.

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Good news. This incident seems very rare, maybe 1 millionth incident, so parents may try not worry much. Many little kids around my area are playing around/in parks or school playground alone everyday without parents' eyes (they may watch kids sometimes at somewhere). kids seem to learn to go to school alone after age of 5.

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So sad, a little 2 year old out there all alone, he must have been so scared. Thankful he was found!

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My first story on this site. Feel so good.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

That is such great news! You take care of yourself, young man!

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“He was found by a searcher calling out his name.”

Reported to be a 70-year-old volunteer who came from Oita Prefecture to help. The child who was squatting at the bottom of a ravine, answered his calls by saying “I’m here.”

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Correction, it seems the volunteer who found him is 78, not 70.

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Glad the boy was found safe. He is one tough little guy. I have to say that his grandfather is guilty of severe negligence though. He should have never let a child that young walk back alone. The walk back would have taken them 2-3 minutes tops.

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Happy for the outcome but the grandfather is an idiot.

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What the moronic grandfather did was unforgivable.

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Great news! Having been to Izu Oshima several times, I cannot imagine anyone intentionally hurting the boy there. It is a very small, tight knit community on an island catering largely to tourists with a fishing industry, and it would not seem outrageous to me that kids roam much freer than on the mainland. I am sure Grandpa got an earful and will never do this again.

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Reckless, this has nothing to do with Izu Oshima ( and there are no sand dunes at Izu Oshima )

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Mrs tells me they found him about 20m from home......anybody confirm similar

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Ha ha... kids!

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Yoshiki was found approximately 550 metres north-east of his Grandfather's house, sitting in dense undergrowth beside a small stream. He had strayed uphill, climbing all the way; searchers concentrated their efforts downhill, as they did not consider it likely the boy would climb the mountain. Mr Obata, the volunteer whom found the lost boy, has mountaineering experience and instintively began searching up the slope.

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Yeah, fantastic news to hear no real harm came to him. However, it's only luck that saved him from serious harm. Hopefully, the grandfather learned an important lesson about poor judgement.

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Take care, people! Kids can disappear pretty quickly. Glad this one was found safe.

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Incredibly glad he was found. Can't imagine how terrifying it must have been for the 2-year old

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Yes! Good news for a change.

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GWToday  02:56 pm JST

“Mrs tells me they found him about 20m from home......anybody confirm similar”

If “m” is meters, your Mrs got it wrong. If “m” is minutes, maybe not too far off. The man who found him had looked for a while last night until dark. This morning he found him about 20 min after he’d started searching.

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Fantastic...and well done to the volunteer who found him. Nothing better than a happy ending .

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Very happy to hear a nice ending to this one.

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This news has made my day. Didn’t hold much hope for the little fella, especially being around water. Job well done, and hopefully the grandfather has learned a valuable lesson.

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3Rensho Educator60, thx for the info!

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The volunteer who found him is an excellent man. He should be applauded. A true hero.

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Good news.

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What the moronic grandfather did was unforgivable

Most definitely

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Very good news for a change. It might not have turned out so well if this was in America, however. Anyway I'm glad this kid is alive and safe again. First news I'm reading here too and it's a great way to start the day. Cheers!

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Glad that boy discovered alive. That boy was discovered by 78-year-old volunteer from Oita and he brought that boy directly to his parent. In TV that volunteer was escorted by an officer and that officer's hand in such gesture as trying to stop that volunteer to run away as like he was a suspect.

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