Japanese share their thoughts on the Islamic State group hostage crisis

January 27, 2015 9:00 AM

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Japanese share their thoughts on the Islamic State group hostage crisis

Buddhist monks and other religious group members hold banners and placards to voice their demand about the release of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto taken by the Islamic State, during a rally outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home “with a smile on their faces,” as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government’s handling of the crisis. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (The Associated Press)

TOKYO – The Mideast is half a world away from Japan, and its troubles often seem so too. So Japan was shocked by a stark video from Islamic militants last week threatening to kill two Japanese hostages.

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