A Japanese boy left in a Hokkaido forest by his parents as punishment has been found.
Yamato Tanooka, seven, had been missing since Saturday when his parents forced him out of their car as a punishment for misbehaving, Japan Today reports.
Local media are reporting a member of the Japanese Self-Defense Force (SDF) found the boy in a small building in a training area for the military, about 7km away from where he originally went missing.
A SDF soldier told TV Asahi there was no heating in the building, and the area has had overnight temperatures of seven DegC.
"The boy was found alive, but we don't have information on details of his condition," a fire department rescuer told AFP.
Yamoto went missing in Nanae, a town on the northernmost Japanese main island of Hokkaido, Japan (Reuters)
The boy has reportedly been taken to hospital where police are working to confirm his identity and examine the circumstances.
More than 180 rescuers and police searched the mountainous area, known to have bears, where he was believed to be left alone.
The boy's parents originally said he disappeared while picking wild vegetables, but later admitted they made the boy get out of the car, and he went missing when the father returned to the site several minutes later, according to Japan Today.
They told police Yamoto had been hurling rocks at people and cars while at a river earlier in the day.
Yamato Tanooka (Supplied)
Police say they are considering charging the parents with child abandonment.