Japan condemns IS execution, demands remaining hostage release




 
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January 25th, 2015  
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Topic: Japan condemns IS execution, demands remaining hostage release


By Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - 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. Abe, speaking to public broadcaster NHK, said chances were high that a recording and an image of what appeared to be the decapitated body of captive Haruna Yukawa, which emerged late on Saturday, were authentic. The Japanese leader called for the immediate release of the remaining Japanese captive, veteran war correspondent Kenji Goto, and said saving Goto's life was a top priority. "Again, I strongly demand that Mr. Kenji Goto not be harmed and be immediately released." The escalation of the hostage crisis has become a test for Abe, who took power in 2012 pledging to bolster Japan's global security role.




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