Junpei Yasuda, Japanese Journalist Missing in Syria, Surfaces in Video

March 17, 2016 11:50 AM

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Junpei Yasuda, Japanese Journalist Missing in Syria, Surfaces in Video

TOKYO — A Japanese journalist believed to have been captured by militants in Syria last year appeared in a video posted online on Thursday. He delivered an emotional message to his family but revealed little about his captors’ demands or intentions.

“I want to hug you, I want to talk with you, but I can’t anymore,” the journalist, Junpei Yasuda, says in the video. It was the first direct public evidence of his fate since he disappeared in the summer after telling associates that he was headed to Syria to cover the civil war there.

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