• New photo of missing Japanese SCRIBE emerges

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    TOKYO: Japan said Monday that it believed a new photo posted online of a Japanese journalist missing in Syria—showing him for the first time since a video released earlier this year—is authentic. The photo, which received widespread coverage in Japanese media, shows freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who has been out of contact since June last year, wearing an orange shirt, his hair and beard grown long. He is seen holding a piece of paper with a handwritten message in Japanese that says: “Please help. This is the last chance. Jumpei Yasuda.” The footage was posted online by Tarik Abdul Hak, who told Agence France-Presse it had been provided to him by a group called al-Noor, which he said “has been mandated by (the al-Qaeda-linked) al-Nusra to carry out a mediation for his release.”

    AFP

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