Dealdline looms for Islamic State's Japanese hostages Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto

January 22, 2015 2:34 PM

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Tokyo: The clock is ticking towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $US200 million ($246.13 million) ransom.

The Japanese government says it is working to secure the release of freelance journalist Kenji Goto and self-employed contractor Haruna Yukawa, but with only 24 hours to go, admits it still has not spoken to the Islamic State group.

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