Japan condemns apparent Islamic State execution, demands hostage release




 
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January 24th, 2015  
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By Antoni Slodkowski and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State after a video surfaced claiming that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed. Japan government officials said they had not confirmed the authenticity of the recording and an image of what appeared to be the decapitated body of Japanese captive Haruna Yukawa, who went missing in Syria last August. Abe called for the immediate release of the remaining Japanese captive, reporter Kenji Goto. U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the brutal murder of Yukawa in a statement released by the White House, which did not address how Washington had confirmed his killing.




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