Q&A: A look at Japan in the Middle East and hostage-taking by Islamic State group

January 20, 2015 1:30 PM

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Q&A: A look at Japan in the Middle East and hostage-taking by Islamic State group

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) (The Associated Press)

One seems obsessed with weapons and military goods. The other is a freelance journalist who has reported on children in war-torn areas. Their paths have crossed previously.

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