Japan captive's mother asks Islamic State for his release, ransom deadline looms

January 23, 2015 1:31 AM

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Japan captive's mother asks Islamic State for his release, ransom deadline looms

TOKYO (Reuters) - The mother of a Japanese journalist being held captive by Islamic State militants along with another Japanese citizen appealed for his safe release on Friday as a ransom deadline neared and the Japanese government raced to respond.

In an online video released on Tuesday, a black-clad figure holding a knife stood between journalist Kenji Goto and troubled loner Haruna Yukawa, threatening to kill them if Tokyo did not pay Islamic State $200 million within 72 hours.

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