Japan seeking help from Jordan, other countries, to gain release of Islamic State hostage

January 26, 2015 7:45 AM

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TOKYO – Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release.

The chief government spokesman refused direct comment on the contents of talks with Jordan, where a Japanese envoy is coordinating regional efforts to save hostage Kenji Goto.

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