A hastily constructed Facebook page, titled “I am Kenji,” calls for Islamic State militants to free Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. His captors gave a deadline of sundown Thursday to work out a prisoner swap for a female attempted suicide bomber. Continue reading
After the recent reported execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State, the clock is ticking yet again to rescue another Japanese hostage still being held in Syria. Hajime Ozaki, the New York bureau chief at Kyodo News Agency, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss Japan’s next steps.
The Islamic State released a video ransom vote that threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200 million. Jeffrey Brown speaks with former CIA officer Bob Baer about why the militant group is targeting that country. Continue reading
In a video purportedly from the Islamic State group, militants threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless they got $200 million within 72 hours. Continue reading
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzio Abe told a news conference on Monday that he would express remorse for Japan’s actions during World War II. He said that the government would make a new statement on August 15 that, in addition to remarks made by previous administrations, would include regret for Japan’s actions during the war. Continue reading
Mr. Abe announced the snap elections last month in the wake of data showing that Japan’s economy had slipped into a recession for the first time since the global financial collapse in 2008. The drop is largely being attributed to his plan to hike Japan’s consumption tax, a move that is part of a wide ranging economic revival plan colloquially known as “Abenomics.” Continue reading
President Barack Obama confirmed Saturday at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, that the U.S. would pledge up to $3 billion to help poor countries on climate issues, according to news reports. Continue reading