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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. (
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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". (
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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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