A story of a rebellious run-away that pulled off a stint to embarrass his parents to punish his parents for punishing him.  That’s what the media, the parents, and the boy are hiding from you.

7-year-old Yamato Tanooka (田野岡大和) was found safe and sound after 6 days missing in the woods.
The media are reporting this as a miraculous story of survival and getting a lot of clicks. Parents are crucified, and the boy is praised. What really happened?

[This post is based on the publicly-available information and is written to encourage critical thinking. It is entirely a speculation.]

1. Reported as “found in nearby forest.” He was found within 10 yards from the golf greens and within 1/4 mile from the train tracks.

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Even the media’s best efforts can’t conceal the fact this thing wasn’t in the woods.

2. Media knew about it. They all spent 8 minutes driving up there from the train station.

Very quickly those photos disappeared and were replaced by those. Oh, look – a jeep.

“Could you move that Toyota HiLux? It doesn’t jive with my ‘survival boy’ shot!”

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3. The standard tools would have been effective here if he wanted to be found.

  • walk downhill.
  • walk toward train noises (black line is the track).
  • follow the planes
  • follow the ROADS. He crossed several.

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4. It’s so completely inconceivable that he wasn’t found unless he didn’t want to be found that the locals are starting to come up with strange explanations. “Especially for a small boy if he’s lying on the ground with dense undergrowth, it can be very hard to find” – in other words, they admit it’s really not hard to find him unless he is trying to hide.

 

5. I wonder if the father was in on it. The father’s no-tear interview was painful to watch. The first 20 seconds, he really fights off a smile – also very visible in this photo.

Sure, it’s natural to smile right after finding a missing son. So why, 0:40 to 0:53, does he really try so hard to cry? Anyone who feels they must hide their genuine emotion is hiding something.

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Conclusion:
Praising this boy for his survival is the last thing media and the public should be doing.
These parents will have a difficult time getting him in line, and I fear for what this  boy did to himself in the long time.

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