>> Time is running out for a missing seven year old boy in Japan. 75 military troops continuing their search on Thursday along side 200 police and civilians all desperately looking for Yamato Tinuka. Abandoned by his parents in a dense northern forest on Saturday as a punishment for being naughty.
Search teams are systematically beating their way through thick brush on Hokkaido Island, joined by a professional hunter brought in after fresh bear tracks were found in the area. Yamato's parents first told investigators that the boy had gone missing while they were all out looking for edible plants. But later admitted that they had left him alone by the road to punish him for throwing stones at people and cars.
They say they only left him for a few minutes and when they drove back to pick him up, he had disappeared. The search has gripped Japan, thousands taking to the internet to post their hopes for the boy's survival, and criticism of his parents. He was wearing only a t-shirt and jeans when he was last seen in an area where temperature plummet at night.