Hostage crisis sharpens focus on risks of Japan's business ambitions in Middle East

February 10, 2015 2:00 PM

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Hostage crisis sharpens focus on risks of Japan's business ambitions in Middle East

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint meeting of the Japan-Egypt business committee in Cairo, Egypt, when he pledged Japan's non-military support to the Middle East, including areas fighting against the Islamic State militants. Japan’s outrage over the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group is settling into a heightened awareness of risks associated with the country’s pursuit of lucrative energy projects and other economic ties in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2015 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his wife Akie walk together, escorted by armed security guards during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City as part of his six-day visit to the Middle East. Japan’s outrage over the slaying of two Japanese hostages by...

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