An image of Iroha Akasaka released to media by Osaka police

Search continues for 12-year-old girl who vanished 5 days ago in Osaka


Police in Osaka said Friday they have not been able to find any clues as to the whereabouts of a 12-year-old girl who vanished after leaving her home on the morning of Nov 17.

Iroha Akasaka, a sixth-grade student who lives in Osaka’s Sumiyoshi Ward, left home after eating breakfast at around 7 a.m. last Sunday and has not been seen or heard from since, Fuji TV reported. She had a smartphone with her but it has apparently been turned off.

Iroha is 150 centimeters tall with a slender build, short black hair.

Police said they have received about 40 tips regarding possible sightings of Iroha, but none of the information has led to any promising leads. On Thursday, more than 60 people searched around her neighborhood.

Police have asked anyone who may have seen Iroha since Sunday to call them at 06-6675-1234.

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Hope she is OK.

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Terrible. I hope she is safe. She looks sad in that picture.

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I hope this story does not move over to the Crime section.

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The wording may be less than sensitive, but the possibility of her being dead is quite real.

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I wish miracle should safe my poor little girl sooner than later!! I've many granddaughters and one of them is the same age with Iroha san.

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Oh god how mortifying!

Hopefully shes alright and just ran away or did something of her own accord.

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Didn't the last time a child disappeared after "leaving for school", it turned out to be BS, and he never actually left for school, but was killed by his stepfather and stuffed in a utility closet at their apartment building?

As horrible as it is to think that something similar could have happened again, and as unlikely as it may be, I hope the police are at least entertaining it as a possibility.

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Sad, does not look promising.

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Why is it when there are missing people, they always have the worst possible pictures available? Do people not take clearer or more recent pictures anymore?

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Wha's with the comments about her photo, it's perfectly good and probably that's how she usually looks

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I agree with shogun36, a better picture might help with the search.

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FYI - She has been found alive. She apparently ran away to Tokyo to meet some guy from the Internet. And, she ended up being held captive by him, along with other girls. But, luckily, she managed to escape, and the sick mofo was arrested.

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She appeared, shoeless, at a police box in Tochigi Prefecture. What a relief.

shogun36Nov. 22  11:42 pm JST

“Why is it when there are missing people, they always have the worst possible pictures available?”

To be fair, other pictures, as well as a video, of the girl were shown in the Japanese news.

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