Missing Japanese journalist video emerges

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TOKYO: Footage has emerged of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria apparently asking for Tokyo’s help in securing his release. The Japanese government said Thursday it was studying the video of Jumpei Yasuda, who has not been heard from since the middle of last year. The footage was posted online by a Syrian man who lives in Turkey, who said Yasuda had been taken hostage by the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front rebel group in Syria, NHK and the Asahi Shimbun daily reported.

AFP

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