Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page, Twitter chatter to cope with hostage crisis

January 27, 2015 6:30 AM

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TOKYO – The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."

The video, posted online last week, showing Goto and another Japanese hostage, has dominated mainstream media here, a peaceful and relatively crime-free nation unaccustomed to such violence.

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