Japan's leader grilled by lawmakers over handling of hostage crisis

February 2, 2015 12:59 PM

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Japan's leader grilled by lawmakers over handling of hostage crisis

Feb. 2, 2015: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second left, speaks during a government and the ruling parties meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, a day after Japan was appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists. (AP)

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff Monday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed by the Islamic State group.

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