A 67-year-old woman missing in Tokyo since 2007 has been reunited with her family at a care facility in Gunma Prefecture after she appeared on a TV program about dementia, police said Wednesday.

Mieko Yanagida met her family on Monday for the first time in almost seven years, a day after they saw her on an NHK program and contacted the public broadcaster, a spokesman for the community safety planning division of the Gunma Prefectural Police said.

While the turn of events sounds lucky, Yanagida could have been located much earlier had there not been a mix-up concerning the way her name was written.