Japan condemns apparent IS execution, final warrant release

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called for a evident recover of a Japanese publisher hold by Islamic State after a video flush claiming that a associate Japanese serf had been executed.

Japanese supervision officials pronounced they had not reliable a flawlessness of a recording and an picture of what seemed to be a decapitated physique of Japanese serf Haruna Yukawa, who went blank in Syria in August.

Abe called for a evident recover of a remaining Japanese captive, contributor Kenji Goto.

“We are regulating each tactful channel and means to work towards a release,” a grim-looking Abe told reporters in brief remarks after job a assembly with his foreign, counterclaim and other ministers after midnight in Tokyo.

The remarkable escalation of a warrant predicament has turn a exam for Abe and a widespread news story in Japan given Tuesday when Islamic State militants expelled a video display Goto and Yukawa kneeling with a knife-wielding, masked male perfectionist a $200 million recover for their release.

The 72-hour deadline set in a initial video lapsed on Friday.

“This act of terrorism is an vast and unsuitable act of violence,” Abe pronounced on Sunday. “I feel a clever clarity of annoy and resolutely reject this. we again strongly direct a evident recover of Mr. Kenji Goto unharmed.”

U.S. President Barack Obama strongly cursed a killing, a White House pronounced in a statement, expelled while Obama was en track to India.

Yukawa, 42, was seized by militants in August, after he went to Syria in what he described as a devise to launch a confidence company. Goto, 47, a maestro fight correspondent, went into Syria in late Oct seeking to secure Yukawa’s release, according to friends and business associates.

The new recording, that was expelled on YouTube late on Saturday before being deleted, showed an picture of a skinny Goto in an orange t-shirt with audio of what seemed to be him creation a matter in English.

U.S. comprehension agencies were operative to determine a flawlessness of a recording, U.S. National Security Council emissary orator Patrick Ventrell pronounced in a statement.

In a apparent recording, Goto says Yukawa was “slaughtered in a land of a Islamic Caliphate.” But a publisher pronounced a supervision of Japan could save him by operative by Jordan where Abe set adult an bureau progressing this week to coordinate a government’s response to a warrant situation.

Goto says a militants would recover him in sell for a recover of al-Qaeda related attempted womanlike self-murder bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi hold in Jordan. He says a militants have forsaken a recover demand.

“I would like to highlight how easy it is to save my life,” a recording says. “You move them their sister from a Jordanian regime, and we will be expelled immediately. Me for her.”

Rishawi was arrested shortly after she unsuccessful to blow herself adult in one of 3 lethal hotel bombings that strike a Jordanian collateral in 2005.

Japanese officials have pronounced small about how they were looking to secure a recover of a captives over a past week.

In new years, Japan has changed toward a U.S. government’s tough line opposite profitable ransoms after a 1977 box in that it paid $6 million to Japanese Red Army hijackers. Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso pronounced final week that responding to final set by a Islamic State would meant “giving in to terrorism”.

Japan’s peacemaker structure also manners out any troops response. A lecture paper prepared for Abe’s bureau on Friday and reviewed by Reuters pronounced Japan would not have a authorised management to strike a Islamic State even after due legislation relaxation troops restrictions a primary apportion is seeking to pass after this year.

Abe and other officials have pronounced Japan will press forward with skeleton to offer over $200 million in charitable assist to assistance understanding with refugees replaced by Islamic State.

Abe announced that assist a week ago in Cairo during a outing by a Middle East when he also called Islamic State a hazard to a segment and a general order.

The Islamic State has executed 5 British and American assist workers and reporters in new months. Yukawa’s constraint by Islamic State fighters outward Aleppo in Aug was a initial time a Japanese citizen has been hold by a group.

Goto’s mother, who had seemed before reporters on Friday in an romantic defence for his release, pronounced she remained hopeful.

“The Japanese supervision will not let my son down. He will come back,” Junko Ishido told reporters.

(Reporting by William Mallard, Mari Saito, Kevin Krolicki, Hitoshi Ishida in Tokyo; Mariam Karouny in Beirut; Matt Spetalnick in Washington and Suleiman al-Khalidi in Amman, modifying by David Evans)

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