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OSAKA — A 12-year-old runaway from Colorado who illegally entered Japan by pretending to have been separated from his mother has been returned to the United States, it was learned Wednesday.

The boy, who ran away from home after quarreling with his grandmother, had been under police custody in Seattle, more than 1,000 km away from Colorado. But the youngster eluded police and hopped onto an international flight at Sea-Tac International Airport on Sept. 1, bypassing proper boarding procedures by pretending to be the grandson of an elderly couple, according to police here.

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