Japan fails to comment on missing freelance journalist in Syria

December 24, 2015 9:13 AM

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Japan fails to comment on missing freelance journalist in Syria

TOKYO – Japanese government officials declined to comment Thursday on a reported ransom demand for a Japanese freelance journalist who has been missing since summer in Syria.

The France-based nonprofit group Reporters Without Borders said earlier this week that it had learned that those holding journalist Jumpei Yasuda have started a countdown for a ransom payment, and are threatening to kill him or sell him to another militant group.

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