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Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

January 29, 2015 - 02:58
The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. (abcnews.go.com)
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Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

January 28, 2015 - 21:58
Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed. (Reuters)
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Fate of hostage Goto unknown after 24-hour deadline passes

January 28, 2015 - 21:51
The fate of Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto, believed to be held captive by the Islamic State militant group, has remained unknown after a new 24-hour deadline for negotiations on his life, set by the group, appears to have passed late Wednesday night. (Jiji Press)
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China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan'

January 28, 2015 - 10:12
China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to "frighten Japan". (dailymail.co.uk)
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Goto's mother makes emotional appeal to Abe

January 28, 2015 - 08:27
The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat. (Japan Today)
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Legislation mulled to allow SDF to rescue Japanese hostages abroad

January 28, 2015 - 08:24
The Abe administration is considering legislation that could allow Japanese troops to come to the rescue of Japanese nationals in future hostage situations overseas. (Asahi)
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Gov't adopts new plan to deal with dementia patients

January 28, 2015 - 02:22
The Japanese government adopted a new plan to deal with the increasing number of dementia patients. (Japan Today)
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New Islamic State video demands prisoner exchange within 24 hours

January 27, 2015 - 15:44
The Islamic State group posted a new video with a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto on Tuesday night, with the voice of a man warning there are only 24 hours left to save the lives of both Goto and a Jordanian air force pilot who is also being held by the group. (Japan Times)
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Suga: Image and voice of Goto are likely authentic

January 26, 2015 - 12:14
A top Japanese government spokesman says the online image and voice of Japanese captive Kenji Goto are likely authentic. (NHK)
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Japan condemns IS execution, demands remaining hostage release

January 25, 2015 - 11:10
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous" and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are holding. (Reuters)
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Abe condemns apparent murder of Japanese captive

January 25, 2015 - 03:12
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned the apparent execution of one of 2 Japanese men held captive by the Islamic State militant group. (NHK)
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Captive Kenji Goto reveals prisoner swap offer

January 25, 2015 - 03:08
A video of one of the Japanese men apparently taken captive by the Islamic State militant group appeared online late on Saturday, Japan time. (NHK)
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Islamic State posts new video showing Yukawa's body on Internet

January 25, 2015 - 02:33
A video showing a photo of what appears to be the body of Haruna Yukawa, one of the two Japanese nationals taken hostage by a group believed to be the Islamic State, was posted on the Internet shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Lawmakers set to resubmit casino legalization bill

January 23, 2015 - 01:07
A group of Japanese lawmakers are set to resubmit a bill legalizing casinos when the next Diet session convenes on Jan 26. (Japan Today)
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Abe wins UK support for freeing Japanese hostages

January 23, 2015 - 00:48
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a promise from his British counterpart David Cameron to cooperate in securing the release of 2 Japanese men held by militants believed to be with the group Islamic State. (NHK)
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Japan, China agree to fight coral poaching

January 23, 2015 - 00:45
Senior Japanese and Chinese officials agreed in a meeting in Yokohama on Thursday that the two countries will work together to root out coral poaching in waters near Japan's Ogasawara island chain in the Pacific. (Jiji Press)
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All channels tried as 72-hr deadline nears / Govt seeks ways to free hostages

January 23, 2015 - 00:42
With the 72-hour deadline approaching, the government is stepping up efforts to collect information on two Japanese nationals taken hostage by a group believed to be the Islamic State via diplomatic channels and seek cooperation from Britain, Jordan and other countries to break the impasse. (The Japan News)
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Abbott pledges to help resolve hostage case

January 22, 2015 - 14:00
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised to cooperate to win the release of 2 Japanese citizens detained by the Islamic State group. (NHK)
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Suga: Safety of 2 hostages remains unknown

January 22, 2015 - 07:41
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the safety of the 2 Japanese believed to be captured by the Islamic State militant group remains unknown. He said the government is doing its utmost for the early release of the hostages. (NHK)
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Video message left by captive journalist

January 21, 2015 - 23:24
A Japanese journalist held hostage by the Islamic State militant group recorded a video message before being captured saying he is fully responsible for whatever happens to him. (NHK)
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