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PostSubject: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:42 am

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted Wednesday it was a "race against time" to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding $200 million for their lives.

A defiant Abe said he would not bow to "terrorism" as he took charge of the crisis that Japan was thrust into with the release of a chilling video apparently showing two Japanese men kneeling in the desert of Syria or Iraq.

"This is a very tough race against time, but the government will do its utmost," he told reporters. "I have ordered the government to use all diplomatic channels and routes possible ... to ensure the release of the two people."

Abe, who rushed home from a tour of the Middle East, said he had sought help from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as well as from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Japan will never yield to terrorism. Japan will do its best in the battle against the cowardice of terrorism, hand in hand with the international community," Abe said.

Speaking while on a visit to London, Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida described the hostage situation - and the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo - as "deplorable acts of terrorism."
Japan has been "greatly contributing to world peace, stability and prosperity, and our path will remain the same as a peace-loving nation," he added.
ISIS has murdered five Western hostages since August last year, but this is the first time it has threatened Japanese captives.

In footage posted on extremist websites Twisted Evil Tuesday, a black-clad militant brandishing a knife addresses the camera in English, standing between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits identified as journalist Kenji Goto and military contractor Haruna Yukawa.

"You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens," he says.

Tokyo said Wednesday it believed the deadline would expire at 2.50 p.m. (0550 GMT) Friday.

The militant says the sum is equal to the aid that Abe pledged in support of the fight against ISIS jihadis, money Japan says is to help refugees fleeing the fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Media pored over the video Wednesday, with much discussion of its authenticity, amid suggestions it may have been confected from at least two sources.

Commentators seized on apparent discrepancies in the way shadows fell, the movement of the two men's clothes and the fact that neither appears to flinch as their captor waves a big knife near their heads.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said experts had examined the footage. He did not address the speculation, but said the Japanese government was assured of the identity of the men.

It emerged Wednesday that Goto, a freelance broadcast journalist whose work has appeared on major Japanese outlets told an acquaintance in Turkey that he had been sold out by a fixer.


"I was betrayed by a guide who accompanied me to Syria and I was captured by a military group," Goto told the acquaintance, the Mainichi Shimbun reported, citing unnamed government sources.

A few days later, Goto's family in Tokyo received an email from a self-proclaimed ISIS member demanding some 2 billion yen ($17 million) ransom money, the paper added.

Hiromasa Nakai, chief spokesman for the Japan Committee for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), insisted Goto was a peace-loving man.

He "has been working hard for children in the Islamic world - not only in Syria but also in Afghanistan, Somalia and many other places," he told AFP.

"It's an extreme shock to us. We hope he will return safe."

National broadcaster NHK said it had spoken to someone claiming to be in charge of "public relations" for the militant group.

"We don't need money," they quoted the person as saying. Suspect

"Islamic State is spending more than ($200m) in one day. It's not an economic war but a spiritual war," the person said, repeatedly adding the group was confident "your government will pay the money."

The release of a video on the day Abe was in Jerusalem and due to give a major press conference is a grim reminder of the well-oiled PR machine of ISIS.

It follows a pattern established last year with the killings of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American aid worker Peter Kassig and British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines. All were beheaded.

The man who appeared in the video threatening the Japanese hostages spoke with a very similar southern English accent to the militant who appeared in the footage posted of the executions of the Britons and Americans.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:46 am

Respected journalist Goto aims to tell world of Syrians’ suffering

by Masaaki Kameda and Tomoko Otake
Staff Writers

Kenji Goto is among a rare breed of journalists who, while reporting from conflict-ridden Syria, has never regarded himself as a war reporter. Instead, he has tried to capture the voices of ordinary citizens whose fates have been irreversibly changed by war.



Goto, 47, began reporting on Syria and its people four years ago, when its civil war broke out. He went missing in mid-October in the north of the country after entering from Turkey, reportedly to look for Haruna Yukawa, the second hostage seen in the video.

In May, Goto told a newspaper his focus as a reporter is always the people suffering, rather than the war itself.
“The ‘front lines’ of my reporting are where people suffer the unbearable and yet where they are still trying to live,” Goto told the Tokyo-based newspaper Christian Today.

“I want to be compassionate to people who are in the midst of hardship. They always have a message to tell. If I manage to find an outlet for their stories in the world, that might lead to a solution. Only then my job will be considered a success.”

Toshitsugu Maeda, a journalist friend of Goto’s, said that he has “relentlessly pursued people angles” through his work, and made it his lifelong mission to follow the lives of children who bore the brunt of war.

Goto also believes that Japan’s postwar pacifism has worked in his favor, allowing him access to places no Western journalists dared to venture, Maeda said.



“He said as a Japanese he had a duty to keep going to Syria because journalists from the United States and the U.K. could not report freely there,” Maeda said. “Two or three years ago he was held captive by al-Qaida-linked forces, but he was released after explaining his intentions to the captors. He said he had the advantage of being a journalist from Japan, which, unlike the U.S. or the U.K., has never participated in air strikes.”

In a report he filed for NHK in 2012, Goto reported how the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad tortured its people. His dispatch showed how the torture hardened anger against the Syrian government and recruited people to the side of the rebels. The report also included mostly mosaicked footage of citizens tortured by government forces after taking part in a peaceful demonstrations. Suspect

As a journalist, Goto is “devoted to reporting what should be reported with a firm conviction,” said Hiroshi Tamura, pastor of the Chofu Church of the United Church of Christ in Japan. Tamura had until March 2013 been pastor of the Denenchofu Church of the United Church of Christ, which Goto attended.

He said Goto “has a strong sense of justice . . . and he has always been conscious of vulnerable people, including children.”

Tamura added that he has seen the video and is praying for Goto’s safe return.

Goto seems to have been well aware of the risks involved and took precautions to avoid trouble.

“Professionally he was usually very careful, always worked with local people who know what’s dangerous, what to avoid,” said Miki Ebara, editor-in-chief of NHK World, during a news segment profiling the journalist on Tuesday.
“But Kenji had also told me, even for him, Syria was full of danger.”

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:37 pm

Japanese reporter nabbed hunting for ISIL hostage

Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY 11:02 a.m. EST January 21, 2015




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One of two Japanese men being held by the Islamic State for a $200 million ransom is a freelance journalist abducted after going into Syria to search for the first hostage, the NHK Japanese TV network reported.
Reporter Kenji Goto, 47, recorded a statement before heading into Syria, according to his Syrian translator and guide, Alaaeddin Al-Zaeem, NHK reports.

"Because it very dangerous, whatever happens, I will not blame the people of Syria. I urge the Japanese people not to demand Syrians to take responsibility," Goto says. "But I will definitely come back alive."

The Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, has taken over large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. It posted a video online Tuesday threatening to kill the two hostages — Goto and Haruna Yukawa— within 72 hours if the ransom is not paid. It showed the pair, dressing in orange clothing, kneeling in front of a knife-brandishing, masked militant.

Al-Zaeem, 34, told NHK on Wednesday that he met Goto in late October and that the reporter was trying "to get some news or information" about Yukawa, the 42-year-old founder of a private security firm who disappeared in August.

Al-Zaeem said he had worked as a guide for Goto and that the journalist had asked "two or three times before" for help crossing the Turkish border into Syria. Zaeem also said Goto apparently knew Yukawa.


"I (told) him, 'Don't go, please. It's not safe for you,'" the guide said.


Returning to Tokyo from a six-day Middle East tour slightly ahead of schedule, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "We are fighting against time, and we'll make an all-out effort and use every diplomatic route that we have developed to win the release of the two."


Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Japan was trying to determine the authenticity of the video but would not give in to threats.

"We will not give in to terrorism and will continue contributing to the international community to fight against terrorism," he said, adding Abe had ordered him to place "top priority" on saving the hostages' lives.

Amateur video of journalist Kenji Goto, one of two Japanese held for ransom by Islamic State, shows the reporter filming in Syria. Rough cut (no reporter narration). Video provided by Reuters Newslook


Japanese media, citing unnamed officials, reported Wednesday that Goto's wife received an e-mail in December demanding a ransom of more than 2 billion yen ($17 million).

She exchanged several e-mails with the unknown person, whose address was similar to one used by the Islamic State, the Kyodo News service and other media outlets reported. The messages did not include a threat to kill Goto.
The militant group has carried out threats to kill foreign captives, posting videos showing the beheading of American hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning.

In past international hostage situations involving Japanese captives, at least one has been killed while most have been released. It is unclear how many times Japan has paid a ransom. The only confirmed case was in Kyrgyzstan in 1999.


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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:39 pm

I'm guessing the guide/fixer is the third guy in the above photo.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:22 am

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Media pored over the video Wednesday, with much discussion of its authenticity, amid suggestions it may have been confected from at least two sources.

Commentators seized on apparent discrepancies in the way shadows fell, the movement of the two men's clothes and the fact that neither appears to flinch as their captor waves a big knife near their heads.

The man who appeared in the video threatening the Japanese hostages spoke with a very similar southern English accent to the militant who appeared in the footage posted of the executions of the Britons and Americans.

Just which irresponsible media is indulging in ridiculous conspiracy theory?  Apparently article you posted is AFP which fails to note that skeptics are crazy & not to be trusted.  So Execution Video Guy always played by a Brit.  MI6 could have picked any guy for the part but having Brit completely fits in with Bernard Lewis' "Clash of Civilizations" plan.  

Ironically some JMSM shill mentioned "Clash of Civilizations" the other day while claiming it was the Muzzies' idea. & while some skeptics have heard of "Clash of Civilizations" viz AmeroJew Samuel Huntington, one would pretty much have to read LaRouchePub.com to learn that it was AngloJew Lewis who started the thing...Huntington basically copied the whole thing from Lewis.
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:01 am

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Media pored over the video Wednesday, with much discussion of its authenticity, amid suggestions it may have been confected from at least two sources.

Commentators seized on apparent discrepancies in the way shadows fell, the movement of the two men's clothes and the fact that neither appears to flinch as their captor waves a big knife near their heads.

The man who appeared in the video threatening the Japanese hostages spoke with a very similar southern English accent to the militant who appeared in the footage posted of the executions of the Britons and Americans.

Just which irresponsible media is indulging in ridiculous conspiracy theory?  Apparently article you posted is AFP which fails to note that skeptics are crazy & not to be trusted.  So Execution Video Guy always played by a Brit.  MI6 could have picked any guy for the part but having Brit completely fits in with Bernard Lewis' "Clash of Civilizations" plan.  

Ironically some JMSM shill mentioned "Clash of Civilizations" the other day while claiming it was the Muzzies' idea.  & while some skeptics have heard of "Clash of Civilizations" viz AmeroJew Samuel Huntington, one would pretty much have to read LaRouchePub.com to learn that it was AngloJew Lewis who started the thing...Huntington basically copied the whole thing from Lewis.

The Japanese blogsphere is ripping the official story apart, but who would know this in the West?

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:43 pm



This picture is a complete fabrication.. it looks to be in front of a chromakey greenscreen with a cgi background projected..

Look at the shadows of the japanese , both go in opposite direction.. and the reflections on the isis guy shows he has light coming from the front of him.

whoever fabricated this is not a smart man

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:40 pm

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This picture is a complete fabrication.. it looks to be in front of a chromakey greenscreen with a cgi background projected..

Look at the shadows of the japanese , both go in opposite direction.. and the reflections on the isis guy shows he has light coming from the front of him.

whoever fabricated this is not a smart man

Not sure if this looks more like the moon landing or a stanley kubrick backdrop.  ...But not as good as either by a long shot.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:24 am

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"We don't need money," they quoted the person as saying.
"Islamic State is spending more than ($200m) in one day. It's not an economic war but a spiritual war," the person said, repeatedly adding the group was confident "your government will pay the money."

Gee, I wonder who is footing the bill for ISIS (née kosher jihadis)



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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:19 pm

Watch your tone Mr Frontier

ISIS is real. Go see the American sniper. All muslims are evil - the american hero had to shoot a young mother and her 8 yr old kid. (Shows IDF snipers are forced to kill kids)
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:58 pm

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Watch your tone Mr Frontier

ISIS is real. Go see the American sniper. All muslims are evil - the american hero had to shoot a young mother and her 8 yr old kid. (Shows IDF snipers are forced to kill kids)

You guys are more thorough in tracking the jew memes than I am -- couldn't bring myself to watch it.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:10 am

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The Japanese blogsphere is ripping the official story apart, but who would know this in the West?

I'd guess Japanese skeptics aren't as war-weary as Western skeptics who are forced to deconstruct the various false-flags which now come so frequently. CNN coverage claimed that IS's ransom demand was only for show, ie kinda giving Abe & Japan an out for supposedly not paying ransom. Implying that Official Japan couldn't be seen paying such a huge ransom even though cowardly Euro Continentals have supposedly paid smaller ransoms off the books. CNN Jews further explained that IS was rich & didn't need the money...they say execution videos are the biggest recruiting tool!
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:17 am

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The Japanese blogsphere is ripping the official story apart, but who would know this in the West?

I'd guess Japanese skeptics aren't as war-weary as Western skeptics who are forced to deconstruct the various false-flags which now come so frequently.  CNN coverage claimed that IS's ransom demand was only for show, ie kinda giving Abe & Japan an out for supposedly not paying ransom.  Implying that Official Japan couldn't be seen paying such a huge ransom even though cowardly Euro Continentals have supposedly paid smaller ransoms off the books.  CNN Jews further explained that IS was rich & didn't need the money...they say execution videos are the biggest recruiting tool!  

Jews know how to stage a good show for the gullible/weak-minded.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:55 pm

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I'd guess Japanese skeptics aren't as war-weary as Western skeptics who are forced to deconstruct the various false-flags which now come so frequently.  CNN coverage claimed that IS's ransom demand was only for show, ie kinda giving Abe & Japan an out for supposedly not paying ransom.  Implying that Official Japan couldn't be seen paying such a huge ransom even though cowardly Euro Continentals have supposedly paid smaller ransoms off the books.  CNN Jews further explained that IS was rich & didn't need the money...they say execution videos are the biggest recruiting tool!  

Jews know how to stage a good show for the gullible/weak-minded.


And also for messages to their own and their enemies.  I am wondering if the guy on the right is some body else, maybe a Russian, Chinese or NK agent that was caught.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:25 pm

Never too late for $6M from Japan...

Japan to extend $6 mil. in emergency aid for Syrian refugees

Posted on 24 February 2015 by admin

The measure is part of a recent pledge by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand humanitarian assistance to the Middle East in the fight against terrorism in partnership with the international community.
With the aid, Japan will offer blankets, stoves and food to such people in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon following a cold snap in January, according to the ministry.
Japan to extend $6 mil. in emergency aid for Syrian refugees
Kyodo -- Feb 24
Japan will extend $6 million in emergency aid for people displaced by war in Syria, including those seeking refuge in neighboring countries, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The measure is part of a recent pledge by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand humanitarian assistance to the Middle East in the fight against terrorism in partnership with the international community.
With the aid, Japan will offer blankets, stoves and food to such people in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon following a cold snap in January, according to the ministry.
- See more at: http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/111513.php#sthash.YuJMkW8p.dpuf
Japan to extend $6 mil. in emergency aid for Syrian refugees
Kyodo -- Feb 24
Japan will extend $6 million in emergency aid for people displaced by war in Syria, including those seeking refuge in neighboring countries, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The measure is part of a recent pledge by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand humanitarian assistance to the Middle East in the fight against terrorism in partnership with the international community.
With the aid, Japan will offer blankets, stoves and food to such people in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon following a cold snap in January, according to the ministry.
- See more at: http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/111513.php#sthash.YuJMkW8p.dpuf
Japan to extend $6 mil. in emergency aid for Syrian refugees
Kyodo -- Feb 24
Japan will extend $6 million in emergency aid for people displaced by war in Syria, including those seeking refuge in neighboring countries, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The measure is part of a recent pledge by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand humanitarian assistance to the Middle East in the fight against terrorism in partnership with the international community.
With the aid, Japan will offer blankets, stoves and food to such people in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon following a cold snap in January, according to the ministry.
- See more at: http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/111513.php#sthash.YuJMkW8p.dpuf

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Freelance Journalist, seems like a good man, so what will happen?   Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:03 am

Jap gov't IMHO is a bunch of tools though I suppose they get some credit for quietly but effectively opposing Obama/Jews' TPP.  Abe could give Japanese homeless legions stoves or whatnot.  Instead they shut down Japan's nuke electricity.  90's Japanese Depression prefigured 2000's US/Euro Depression ie endless bank bailouts that produce no benefit for 99%.

BTW sick how JMSM readily called Japs' econ situation a "Depression" but loath to use the D-Word to describe USA.  Recently heard some US official refer to our "Great Recession", heh.  They're already backtracking from the previous occasional use of term "Greatest Recession".

Economics Reporter EB has previous discussed how "official arbiter of business cycles" NBER changed all the definitions. "The Committee does not have a fixed definition of economic activity."
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