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Japanese police thank 7-yr-old boy for protecting lost infant

Elementary school student Ruito Murai receives a letter of gratitude from Hyogo Prefectural Police's Amagasaki Kita Police Station chief Tadashi Hamada in the city of Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 25, 2022. (Mainichi/Sanae Kameda)

AMAGASAKI, Hyogo -- Japanese police thanked a second-grade boy in this western Japan city for protecting a lost 3-year-old child.

    Hyogo Prefectural Police's Amagasaki Kita Police Station presented a letter of gratitude to Ruito Murai, 7, a second-grade student at Amagasaki Municipal Tachibana Minami Elementary School.

    According to the police station, Murai found a young boy standing at an intersection near Santanda Park in the city on the evening of April 19. He asked the infant, "Are you lost?" and took him to a local park. Murai then informed a police officer who was looking for the 3-year-old following a report by his mother.

    On May 25, the chief of the police station Tadashi Hamada handed the letter of gratitude to Murai, saying, "We praise your brave action," on the grounds that he protected the boy who could have been involved in an accident or incident.

    Murai commented, "I talked to him because he looked lonely. I want to help children again if I find them in need."

    (Japanese original by Sanae Kameda, Hanshin Bureau)

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