Japan seeking information after reports Japanese journalist held hostage in Syria

December 24, 2015 3:35 AM

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Japan seeking information after reports Japanese journalist held hostage in Syria

TOKYO The Japanese government is seeking information after reports a Japanese freelance journalist is being held hostage in Syria and has been threatened with execution, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said this week it had received information that an armed group holding journalist Yasuda Jumpei hostage had started a countdown for an unspecified ransom to be paid and had threatened to execute or sell him to another group if their demands were not met.

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