Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter who told stories of kids and ordinary folk

February 1, 2015 4:30 AM

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Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter who told stories of kids and ordinary folk

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 file photo, a protester holding a photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who was taken hostage by the Islamic State group appeals to the government to save Goto during a rally in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, it was the story of the vulnerable, the children and the poor that drove the work of Goto. The news of his killing in a video purportedly by Islamic State militants sent Japan into shock and mourning Sunday, Feb. 1, days after his plight as a hostage in Syria united many people in praying for his release. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 file photo, Junko Ishido, the mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who was taken hostage by the Islamic State group, speaks to the media during a press conference as a framed photo of her with Goto is displayed at her home in Koganei on the outskirts of Tokyo...

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