Goto beheaded by Islamic State militants

by and

Staff Writers

Despite an unusual lull that had raised hopes hostage Kenji Goto might be freed, many in Japan were shocked Sunday to learn the Islamic State group had apparently executed him.

In a new video posted online early in the morning, the same masked man seen in previous Islamic State hostage videos is shown standing next to Goto, who is kneeling in an orange jumpsuit.

Brandishing a knife and speaking in his familiar British-accented English, he says: “To the Japanese government. You, like your foolish allies in the satanic coalition, have yet to understand that we, by Allah’s grace, are a large Islamic caliphate with authority and power and an entire army thirsty for your blood.

“Abe, because of your decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji but will carry on and also cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.”

After apparently calling out Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the man applies the knife to Goto’s throat before the video fades to black and shows an image of the journalist’s head resting on his decapitated body.

Repeating that Japan “will never give in to terrorism,” Abe condemned the extremists for the “heartbreaking pain” of Goto’s death and said they would never be tolerated.

“I will work with the international community to have them pay for their crimes,” he said.

“I will take thorough measures to ensure the safety of Japanese citizens inside and outside Japan,” he added.

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the video appeared to be authentic.

Speaking at the prime minister’s office, Nakatani told reporters that a report from Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said it “is highly likely (the images) are of Goto himself.”

“We must pay attention to the safety of Japanese nationals, including those staying overseas,” he warned.

“We will further step up measures to secure their safety and at the same time need to cooperate with the efforts of the international society to prevent terrorist acts like this,” Nakatani said.

Earlier, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga held a news conference in which he denounced both the video and the militant group.

“We feel even stronger indignation after such an inhuman, despicable act was committed,” Suga said. “We again resolutely condemn this.”

The Islamic State group had said Goto, 47, was being held along with Jordanian Air Force pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh. But there was no word on the fate of the captured pilot.

Abe thanked the “leaders of the world and friends of Japan,” who worked to try to save the two hostages. The other was Haruna Yukawa, who is believed to have been killed by the group on or before Jan. 24.

The prime minister offered thanks, in particular, to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who is still struggling to free al-Kaseasbeh, who was captured after his F-16 fighter jet was shot down over Syria in December. He has become a bargaining chip for an imprisoned suicide bomber in Jordan.

“(The king) gave us full support. On behalf of the (Japanese) nation, I’d like to thank him,” Abe said.

Later Sunday, Arab ambassadors to Japan jointly denounced the murder and expressed their condolences to Goto’s family.

Waleed Siam, head of the Council of Arab Ambassadors to Japan and the representative of the Permanent General Mission of Palestine, told Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during a visit to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo that the council condemns the “despicable” act by the Islamic extremists, which killed an “innocent Japanese citizen,” in the “strongest possible form.”

Efforts to win the release of Goto and the pilot had focused on the possible release of the failed Iraqi suicide bomber, who was imprisoned by Jordan 10 years ago. The video uploaded on Sunday did not mention the pilot.

Abe, whom the extremists blamed for supporting their enemies with nonlethal aid, said Japan would continue to expand such efforts as food and medical assistance, to countries in the Middle East.

The hostage crisis began on Jan. 20, when the extremist group posted its first video showing a masked man, known colloquially as “Jihadi John,” threatening to kill Goto and Yukawa. He claimed that Japan had joined a “crusade” against the Islamic State group and demanded a $200 million ransom for the pair — the same amount Abe had recently pledged in nonmilitary aid to help countries “contending with” the Islamic State group.

Later, the jihadi group dropped its demand for money and instead demanded that Jordan release the Iraqi bomber, Sajida al-Rishawi, in exchange for Goto.

Jordan had said it was ready to release the woman for al-Kaseasbeh, the pilot. Amman also indicated that it had demanded that Goto be released with him in a proposed swap.

The talks between Jordan and the Islamic State group had been deadlocked Saturday after the extremists refused to provide proof the pilot was alive.

Goto, who worked independently, began reporting on Syria and its people four years ago, when the country’s civil war broke out. He went missing in mid-October in Syria’s north after entering from Turkey, reportedly to look for Yukawa, a self-styled military contractor who had purportedly been captured by the Islamic State group in August.

Full coverage of the Islamic State hostage crisis

  • Intellectualist

    Stop taking videos as proof. Demand a corpse or you declare all videos fake cgi productions. Don’t give them want they want. Make them fail.

  • maurice

    I think the world must take a stand, also Japan, and bomb those terrorists back to the middle ages. Also stop calling them IS.
    Send troops and chase them to the edgo of the world in a Samurai way!

    • Ostap Bender

      I agree, carpet bomb them to martyrdom.

    • Tap Hue

      Given the Constitution of Japan dropping bombs may be impossible. Switzerland is not part of the coalition. Arabs do want want to fight them either. Why is that? Is it because “we will run you over with a car”, was an American slogan against minorities before it was recuperated by the mujahideen?

    • Poor Boy

      chase them NOWHERE….! “NUKE” the bastards, “cave dwelling” barbaric scum that they are…have to get THEM ALL, young included BEFORE they can be indoctrinated!!!!

    • Ricky Smith

      How about chasing those who nuked 250,000 Japanese first?

    • luce gum

      it’s famous that ISIS(ISIL) is the USrael, what are you talking about?
      the world won’t get involved in the battle between Isram and the USrael.

    • Moco

      Not Samurai era. That’s a joke.
      Of course, decendants of ‘shizoku’ exist.

      After war, modern Japan. People do not wear ‘kimono’.

    • Sonny Smithers

      Killing is an endless proposition. The key is to chemically, biologically or radiologically attack them in a way which destroys their ability to reproduce. A population with no possible future.

    • Gerardo Gallo

      many arabs says “those people (IS) are non realy mouslims”. But i ask to these arabs ” why you don’t go on the road (every day every day) to protest against IS ? Because ” silence can kill “

    • Shiki Byakko

      Actually, that’s what have kept them in the middle ages.
      This was all a recruit propaganda campaign for ISIS, nothing more, nothing else.

      If anything, this retards actually thought that Japan had any power to put pressure on Jordan to achieve their goal, and tried to use Goto as a card for this… of course, then they realized it was an stupid effort all along.

      Instability in the middle east is not something you can fix by “throwing bombs”, they have been doing that for almost 50 years now.

  • Barry Rosenfeld

    Let’s not kid ourselves; we know very well what ISIS is capable of from way back last year. Abe has blood on his hands in giving ISIS a gift in having pledged 200 million dollars to fight them which from the Japanese point of view has no benefits. Now there is no turning back. Successive Japanese governments have been studiously observant in avoiding the ME morass and with great success until this idiot of PM’s have decided in putting Japan’s neck into the noose. Japan has no business in this mess which the US created from 2001. Abe has been trying to nationalise Japan and confusing his false bravado, picked a wrong unneccessary fight. Now two of its poor citizens have been slaughtered. ISIS being an absolute evil group clearly won this round because of Abe’s amateur hour. Fool.

  • Suraja Khan

    These barbarians have not just taken the life of an innocent citizen with this pronouncement. They declared war on all of Japan. As destroying them would now be an act of self-defense, let the Rising Sun flag fly.

  • Crystal

    I am so sorry for the loss of Japan’s two citizens.

  • freshstart222

    Execure all ISIS prisoners. No trials are needed.

  • Shaun Hartford

    Those who read Barry’s post have unfortunately became a wee bit dumber.

    It is astonishing that after 14+ years of Muslim extremist rampaging throughout the world, we still have fools like Barry who make excuses for these animals.

    200 million is simply a scapegoat: if it wasn’t the 200 million, they would use Japan’s anime porn, robot girl bars or some other ridiculous excuse to “justify” the beheading of these 2 Japanese nationals.

    The publishers in France, the 200+ kids in Africa who were kidnapped, raped and then sold into slavery by Boko Haram or these 2 Japanese citizens who were grotesquely beheaded by ISIS have absolutely NOTHING to do with government policy: they were simply murdered by rampaging Muslim Islamic extremist who need to be wiped from the face of the earth.

    • Barry Rosenfeld

      Are you blind as well as being mentally deficient? No doubt someone of your ilk thinks that American Sniper is a superb movie.

      Listen you sot and listen well. Nothing benefits a nation by turning right wing; witness the Americans up to 2000 with the election of Bush junior and see where this has gotten the ME and the world today. Lovely isn’t it? No doubt as a typical Yank you foolishly think that naked power is the way to go despite 10,000 dead in two campaigns that has left two failed states and the world in a worse place than before. Now, you see the same with Abe endeavoring to do something that is totally unnecessary. I’m only glad to say that today’s events have sealed and signed Abe’s death warrant; he’s finished and thank god he’s out for Japan has no business in this ME business period. Why don’t you enlist and go and put where your money where your mouth is loudmouth? I know what it means to see IED’s and broken bodies thank you very much. Now go piss off you bloody Yank.

    • Hanamanganda

      Correct. It’s astonishing how people don’t want to avoid the truth in front of their eyes. Today’s Islam is a threat to every decent value the world wishes to achieve: nonviolence, tolerance, equality.

      Not every Muslim is bad, far from it. But there is something about Islam that creates an environment where evil and violence seem to grow without limit – it’s not just ISIS. There is no successful or tolerant Islamic country in this world.

      • Gisele Fernandes

        “Not every Muslim is bad, far from it. But there is something about Islam that creates an environment where evil and violence seem to grow without limit – it’s not just ISIS.” Same goes for Christianity. It’s a domesticated religion nowadays, but look into 400 ~500 years in the past.

      • spac

        When we dare to see the truth ? The truth of Koran ,the murderous book of Muhammad ,who told all the ayat (the sentences) of koran to sanctify his devilish acts like murdering the male members of Jews ,Christians and enslaving their children and women ,marrying his sons wife (foster sons divorced his wife on demand from father ) ,rape.pedophilia etc…etc .The ISIS is doing the same ,Boko,Taliban do the same,and most of the muslims in heart congratulate them . ….But our leaders,,,,,,,horribly has become the apologists of these thugs

      • Dipak Bose

        “Today’s Islam is a threat to every decent value the world wishes”.
        It was always like that for the last 1500 years. Some countries have resisted; others could not.
        India had resisted for 400 years until 1192. Byzantine Empire resisted for nearly 700 years until 1450. France was saved because of Martel. Russia was recovered because Ivan Grozny. Spain was saved by Ferdinand-Isabella. Wherever they went, people were massacred, all educational institutions were destroyed, millions became slaves.

      • Sonalucard

        *sigh* It’s the recent internet ‘trend’ that’s been going on. I won’t even try to refute this unless you say you’re an expert on PS.

        Edit: Sorry if this came off as offensive but I swear I’ve made a point about this on Facebook so many times it just got plain old

    • Tando

      Without Islam there would be no modern western society. It was the Muslim scholars, who preserved the knowledge of ancient Greek. During the middle age they had the most advanced science in the world. Muslim controlled cities like Cordoba in Spain were centers of modern learning. It was there where the knowledge to start the European Renaissance was transmitted.

    • Sonalucard

      You mean the terrorists? I wish people would drop the stereotyping already. If a parrot uttered the vocal harmonics ‘I am a human’; exactly how much of a Homo Sapien does it become?

  • Tap Hue

    These are men of their words. Assuming that Kenji was beheaded by this Muslim “scholar”, it appears that his compassion has turned into a “declaration of war” on Japan:

    “Abe, because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnagewherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.”

    How did Abe Shinzo get Japan, and its diaspora living as far as Brazil, into this mess? Now these “scholars” operate by getting a convert, who may be of European descent, to run people over with a car. Go on an unannounced shooting spree targeting government buildings, Jewish institutions or the press. In Japan they would get a Japanese convert then or someone from a nearby country for that.

    These “scholars” are well informed. On that count “Jihadi John” appears to be saying what some Americans are thinking themselves, mostly in jest, that Obama is Satanic. However recognition of the Islamic caliphate is most likely not forthcoming:

    “You like your foolish allies in the Satanic coalition have yet to understand that we by Allah’s grace are the Islamic caliphate with authority and power. An entire army thirsty for your blood.”

  • mary

    Please do not refer to them as IS or ISIS because it gives them legitimacy by referring to them as a State. They are Daesh, a name they do not like but actually describes them better. France, after a terrorist attack, requested that all call them Daesh and that is why you hear so many officials using that name. The name matters and using daesh will discourage young people from joining them. Do a websearch on Daesh to get a better understanding.

  • tommy92

    Hey Japan, stick to your Shinto and Buddhist roots.

    Fortunately you do not have open immigration like the West. Immigration is good and even necessary, but it should be controlled and at a level that ensures integration and the survival of local culture. Islam has no tolerance for Buddhism or Shinto.

  • nihondaisuki

    First of all my heart goes out to all of the Japanese people who are affected by this saddest of events. To do such things because their imaginary friend in the sky would want them to do it (or for any other reason) shows it is not possible to co-exist on the same planet with those belonging to IS. They only represent ignorance a stone age view of the world.
    As such, it’s time for a coalition to put boots on the ground and dismantle this global pestilence. Air strikes on their own clearly aren’t getting the job done.
    I agree with a previous poster who recommended Japan keep it’s immigration policy tight and not allow in those who do not share her values wish to integrate fully into her way of life. That was Europe’s biggest mistake. I point to the British born “executioner” and rest my case.

    Nihon ganbatte!!

  • tisho

    I don’t know what they are doing with the hostages but they are not executed, this whole thing is orchestrated. Their previous video of beheading another hostage was also fake for anybody with good observational skills. Why would a self proclaimed blood thirsty merciless group not show the beheading but instead cut the scene right when the knife touches his neck. Also, regarding the japanese hostage, this whole thing comes right at the perfect timing for Abe, right when he went to the middle east, and right when he needs to convince people that changing the constitution is necessary, how convenient. The first photo of the hostages had a lot of doubt about whether its actually real, the shadows are mismatching, the photo looked synthetic on so many levels, and now this. This ISIS organization is being used as an excuse to push some people’s agenda. Sadly very few people have any observational skills or know how to question things and do the research for themselves.

  • Karl Jackson

    I don’t believe a bit of this. “ISIS” is a fabrication and the “beheading” videos are amateurish fakes, produced and distributed by a CIA front.

    • Kevin Cronin

      You may be right…the CIA probably sends these guys to the same island Elvis has been living for the past few decades.

    • picnicfun

      What a damned fool YOU are. There are many thousands of men, women and children dead at their hands. A number dead from beheadings. Are they fabricated? Are the dead not dead? You make me sick.

    • Eagle

      Same thoughts here. It’s sounds like a presumption hard to prove but actually it is a very logical conclusion and makes a lot of sense to me.

    • Viva75

      Please travel to northern Iraq and test your theory. I’d give you until lunchtime on the first day before your either crucified on the spot or wearing an orange jumpsuit…either way you’d be as good as gone.

  • picnicfun

    The Western world and Japan must crush these vermin and not take years to do it. Weeks at most.

  • picnicfun

    I hope Japan and Jordan could take the military lead in killing ISIS man by man on the ground. No more waiting for the U.S. or the U.N. or anyone else. ISIS is nothing but slightly better trained and much better funded criminals. Get rid of them.

  • wagrn


    USA and the world; do something. I like the way “genocide” rolls across my tongue. Do it. Kill every son of Ishmael in existence.

  • tommy92

    Hey Japan, stick to your Buddhist and Shinto roots.

    Islam has little tolerance for religions that are derived from non-Abrahamic religions
    Look at Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, etc. Non-Muslim religions are oppressed and controlled. There are no churches, Sikh temples, Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia. You cannot freely practice Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism in Qatar, Kuwait, etc. Even Turkey (a NATO member and EU candidate) makes life difficult for non-Muslims.

  • Ricky Smith

    61 Muslims died in a bomb blast in a Mosque in Pakistan yesterday, I dont see any tears shed for them, your hate for ISIS is one sided….America dropped 2 Nukes on Japan and killed over 250,000 civilians, yet Americans pretend to be so sad now….

  • Samie Carvalho

    Abe must be so happy now. The perfect excuse to enforce his militarista agenda, more censorship on midia, excuse to more xenophobia against non-japanese inside Japan and enforce more policies limitating the individual rights of the citizens of Japan. I see…

  • Uncle Bob

    ISIS wants to make enemies with Japan Eh? Not a good idea, for the Japanese also have a long tradition of lopping off heads – only the Katana does it far more efficiently. ISIS should be warned of the consequences of provoking Japanese militarism. If Japan were to again mobilize into total war mode, their enemies would likely face an army of terrifying robotic war machines manufactured by Honda, Toyota, Yamaha and Suzuki.

  • xexon

    It is with such sadness…

    I stated earlier that Japanese intelligence forces should be brought to bear here. This is your green light from a nation to do whatever is needed to bring these criminals to justice.

    It is most regrettable that Japan is now a part of the mess in the Middle East. This is a land where strength is respected. You must reach out and touch someone to make that point clear to them.


  • timefox

    I’ll wish for Mr. Goto’s rest in peace.

    it’s wrong to criticize Prime Minister Abe for reason of “Abe killed Yukawa”.
    Japanese doesn’t have to be a subcontractor of ISIS.
    And Japanese doesn’t have to be handled by ISIS.

    Don’t ignore that ISIL killed Mr. Yukawa and Mr.Goto.

    A terrorist kidnaped Japanese.
    A terrorist restricted Japanese.
    A terrorist threatened Japanese.
    A terrorist killed Japanese.
    A terrorist should be criticized.

    Using a terrorist, it’s a mistake to ask Abe political power for compromise.
    That’s same as supporting a terrorist.
    Are you terrorist’s company?

    It’s unrelated to the reason that you criticize Japanese Government.
    It’s a mistake to criticize Japanese Government using terrorist’s insistence.

  • Juno1721

    The gloves came off with the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Islam is the ideology of a gang of murderers. The so called prophet was a murderous dictator who killed and slaughtered across the Middle East – at the end he demands the world call him ‘Prophet’ and claim he speaks for what Humans hold sacred. Actually Mohamed was a scummy common murderer and child molestor who invented a fake deity named ‘allah’. ‘Allah’ is evidently the resource these murderers expect us to accept has caused them to be the worthless human garbage they have achieved.
    Islam, Moslim, fake religion, Allah – fake ideal which the world rejects.

  • AbuLahab

    It’s really a overgrown personality cult with one added element, Allah.

  • Moco

    They demand 2 billon yen for 2.So dead man could pay for it?
    He was not needed to die.

  • Moco

    Abe want to break out war, so he dose not save them.

    Japan is Korean puppet gov..

  • Stryke

    The beheading of Goto was tragic and merciless, very similar to the countless beheadings performed by Japanese soldiers and officers on the innocent civilians of Nanking, China in 1937. What goes around, comes around.

  • Moco

    Abe wants to break out war, so he wouldnot save them.
    He is rich, so he will earn a lot by war.
    He seems to be gentle, but he is a curel

  • KenjiAd

    Of course it’s easy for keyboard warriors to talk tough, because they aren’t the ones who kill humans or get killed. It’s always someone else’s job to do it, right?

    There was and is no reason for Japan to get involved in this mess. Abe made a huge mistake, undoing efforts by the past administrations to not get involved in Middle East (ME), just because he wanted Japan to play a bigger role in international politics. He chose a wrong target (ME) in pursuing his personal desire.

  • GBR48

    There are some fights that you cannot honourably avoid.

    Those who are advocating hiding behind the sofa, and blaming either Kenji Goto himself or the Japanese government for what has happened, must have been terrible friends to have had at school, particularly if you were being bullied, as they clearly would not have assisted you. Their arguments are dishonourable and cowardly, utilising cheap rhetorical sophistry to appear considered and credible.

    The Islamic State and the other militant Islamic groups have pitched themselves against every civilised nation, often without provocation. Nigeria, the US, France, the UK, China and now Japan are only some of the most high-profile of their victims. They have raped, tortured and murdered innocent men, women and children, including many Muslims, across the planet.

    They are savages, a cancer on humanity, and need to be wiped off the face of the Earth.

    The people and nation of Japan should be proud to stand united against such barbarism in whatever capacity it sees fit.

  • Moco

    Jordan said that Japan must talk with them for itsself. But gov.announced that we leave it to Jordan.
    Strange. Why ‘boke’?
    Only they can do is to pay money.

  • Moco

    Japanese gov. should pay the ransom for 1. That’s only thing to do for it.
    China blamded Abe to break out wars, it is said.
    89%lawmakers agree to change Constitution No.9.
    Only 33%nations agree with it.

  • Moco

    Farce by operatives, it is said.


  • Moco

    Farce by operatives, it is said.
    Abe and financial cobine, ‘zaibatsu’ want to involve Japanese into wars.


  • Dipak Bose

    All Muslims of japan should be expelled. Why do they come to Japan to create Mosques?

  • Dipak Bose

    The solution is to send all Muslims to their respective countries, not to alllow them to come out and go to any non-Islamic countries. No non-Muslim countries should host any Muslims. Muslims should be confined to the Muslim countries only. No country should sell them any weapons or anything else and should not buy anything from them either.
    Now it is the time to call Putin to destroy ISIS. Obama-Kerry-Clinton-Brizhizhinsky-Biden are obcessed with their plan to destroy Syria and ultimately Russia. They have created ISIS out of the terrorist gangs against Assad, the last Progressive Secular ruler of a Middle east country after the destruction of Afghanistan ( Dr.Najjubllah), Iraq (Saddam Hussain) and Libya ( Gadaffi) by the US-UK-France who supported terrorists like Muzzahideens, Taliban, and terrorist countries like Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar etc etc who have created these.

  • Marilyn999

    At the moment, Japanese really wish for Jordanian to get back their pilot safely. We should get back at least one of the three.

  • georgejochnowitz

    ISIS kills people. Boko Haram kidnaps young women; it is also fighting a war to seize territory from Nigeria. Al-Qaeda kills students and teachers in Peshawar. Nevertheless, Israel remains the most hated nation on earth.

  • Chris Sky

    Another FAKE beheading video and more idiotic Americans foaming at the mouth, lining up to fight another war for Israel.

    That the entire purpose of these fake videos in the first place… the make Americans AFRAID and ANGRY at “islam” so they will invade and destroy more middle eastern countries that never attacked the USA in order to “get ISIS” like ISIS somehow represents specific countries? it’s like saying the KKK represents the USA so if the KKK make a video of beheading a Russian journalist, it gives Russia the “right” to bomb and invade the USA to ‘get the KKK”

    … but that’s what EMOTIONAL reactions (fear and anger) do to you… they inhibit your ability for RATIONAL THINKING. and make you easy to manipulate against your own best interests.

    you think America would have learned by now.

  • Claire Shao

    And we’re worried about water boarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques…

    Do people not realize the type of barbarians we are dealing with?

    The problem is – Obama is in over his head. When he cut and run from the Middle East, attacks like these should have been expected. Consider this another one of Obama’s mess-ups.

    Obama has allowed ISIS to grow. Allowed Taliban to regain lost ground. Allowed Putin to take over countries at will. Domestically, he has caused an immigration crisis, ruined our economy, and forced us to by health insurance we don’t need.

    I now am forced to pay $500/month for health insurance and it was only $200 before O-care! (My car insurance is only $25/month from Insurance Panda, for comparison. A private company!) Please Obama, don’t stick your hand in anything else!

    Senator Feinstein…..what have you got to say?

    To think that some people are so worried about the terrorists rights. Sickening.

  • Charles Burns

    Time for Japanese to remove the “We are Japanese…We don’t bother anyone…We are kind, sweet, innocent people” blinders they wear throughout their lives. Wake up – nobody thinks Japanese people are heavenly sent except for your own people. I see protestors/demonstrators in Japan with signs reading “WE DON’T NEED MILITARY FORCE.” Well, please inform us what it is you need? A bag of money each time one of your people are ransomed by ISIS? Because once you pay the first time, you set the precedent to pay every time. It’s a failed way to deal with ISIS. Or trying to rationalise that because you are not directly involved in the war effort against ISIS, you are innocent and should be immune from their persecutions? That logic is wasted breath, as well. Time to realise you are not the center of the universe, and your blood is the same color as the rest of ours when it’s spilt.

  • Tomoko Endo

    If they want to be richer, they must trow away
    guns and live nomal lives.Wars always destroy cultures
    and happy lives. People should live bitter lives.In Tokyo.
    they seem to be happy?Seemingly. Smilings are a part of jobs in our culture. Buddha said that life is suffering and I believed it.
    And no persistance bear no sadness, words of Buddha.
    If young girls laugh happily, once they become wives
    and mothers, they’ve changed. They want to be wise for her husbands and children. We see our small happiness.
    We donot have big happiness, but we are dreaming through smalk happiness.

  • Chuck

    Ignorance is bliss! You don’t win wars by killing only soidiers.

  • Stinky

    I keep telling Japan to get the Muslim filth out of their country before their numbers increase. Right now, the Muslims are not a problem but they will be.

  • Stinky

    Do you not understand that Muslims are killing innocent people for fun? If your house was infested with cockroaches, would you spare the eggs they lay? Politically Correct morons like yourself are the reason these filthy Muslims have infested the free western countries and are over running them and killing, raping, harassing, enslaving, & stealing from the rightful citizens.

  • jackdl

    The ISIS videos are conveniently used to promote Japanese militarism! US imperialist policy is to encircle China. US imperialism is using the Japanese people as pawns in its chess game. Who really controls ISIS? Everything they do conveniently serves US aims.

    ISIS is an outgrowth of Al Qaeda. US imperialism created Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in the 1980s to bring down the Soviet Union. Al Qaeda has been used by the US ever since.

  • Dipak Bose

    Muslims should not be allowed in any non-Muslim countries; they must stay only in the Muslim countries. There will be no trade between Muslim and non-Muslim countries. They will not allowed to travel to any non-Muslim countries. They must be isolated completely.

    To start with Japan should expel every Muslims from Japan, .

  • Adi Abbadi

    Our condolences go out to Goto’s family and with the people of Japan for their terrible loss, all Jordanians stand with you, peace and love from Jordan

  • sasit93

    The heinous crime against the ‘Humanity’ in slaughtering the Japanese national is wholeheartedly disdained.

  • Strategist

    Evening, my message and suggestion might have come a few days too late, never the less I shall pose my question.

    I’ve been closely following the Japanese journalist hostage situation via NHK World News. My take on the matter explains how the so called “deadlocked” could have been alleviated and the situation could have turned for the better.

    My theory is based on the English terminology; Tit-for-tat (“equivalent retaliation”)

    Picking up from the point where the Japanese foreign minister said “hostage negotiations has become deadlocked” (Jan. 31, 2015)

    What I fail to understand is that all three parties involved in the situation (Japan, Jordan, IS) were on equal playing ground. All of which had a bargaining chip (apology for using this term).

    Both Japan and Jordan requested the safe return of Hostage Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh. IS on the other hand requested the safe return of Iraqi female jihadist Rishawi. All three parties have something to gain.

    Put simply, the Japanese government should have instructed its Jordanian counterpart to respond to IS by threatening to kill Iraqi female jihadist Rishawi unless the requested evidence that the pilot, who crashed in Syria on December 24, is still alive is shown.

    Why was a similar strategy not used?

    The given evidence of IS requesting the return of jihadist Rishawi alive is clear proof that Rishawi is important to them.

    If I had been a Japanese national living in Japan I would have no doubt taken this theory to the streets in the form of a protest.

    Let me know your take on my strategy.



  • preventallwarsdotorg

    Mr. Kenji Goto a renowned journalist only found himself in ISIL’s captivity because of his very strong humanitarian determination to free his friend, Mr. Yukawa, from ISIL. What a man!
    How brave and excellent of Mr. Goto. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

  • Eagle

    Japanese have to get back their feet and seek revenge or they get the next punch in their face in no time. And that will be a really big one.

  • Dipak Bose

    Only a few months ago John McCain, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry were supporting ISIS ( in different names like Al Nusra etc) and giving billions directly or indirectly to them to destroy Syria.

  • Mr. Drk.

    Hi. My name is Emre. I’m from Turkey. I’m sory for you loss.(Turkish: Başınız Sağolsun) And I want to say that: Islam commands to do good for people. We lived in peace for hundreds of years. Please denigrate Islam without knowing. Muslims do not act like this. These people had nothing to do with Islam.

  • barada

    ISIS is a small group, albeit extreme, and far from being a nation-sate level power.

    They are obviously targetting country after country, 1-at-a-time, in order to provoke a wider war. They are pushing everybody’s buttons, and it is working like a dream. More countries are being motivated to join a wider conflict,
    which benefits ____________?

    The Shiite majority in Iran fears and despises ISIS, just as much as Israel does.
    Many in the middle east are not sympathetic with ISIS. Some people in the Arabic world even suspect ISIS could be CIA operatives trying to provoke support for a region-wide war.

    Also, It is unfair, and inaccurate, to label an entire religion, although it is getting easier to do, as disgusting, violent acts tend to blur thoughts and encourage payback.

    A majority of the Saudi people are Sunnis who tend to be sympathetic with ISIS, but most of the Saudi ruling class are friends of the US, due to the busines$ done between them. Much of ISIS’s funding comes from Saudi Arabia.
    There’s a bit of uncomfortable contradiction right there.

    The situation is far more complex than just “Islam is evil and that’s that”, as some here seem to conclude.

    But admittedly, clear-thinking is difficult when dealing with hideous acts of violence, that are specifically designed to invoke feelings of revenge, which is a very human soft-spot.

    And let’s never forget—ISIS sprang from the ashes of the disastrous Iraq invasion by America, for those weapons of mass-destruction that were never found. But ofcourse all the oil drilling contract$ changed hands, for sure, as a a result of the war. Mission accomplished, Geo Dubya Bush.

    We have Bush to thank for this bloody legacy.

  • Big__Nate

    Kenji Kun! Wasurenai yo. #GIRI

  • Beez Waxman

    yet, we still find Americans complaining about the government invading the privacy of US citizens in an effort to gather intelligence. To me, it is a small sacrifice and price to pay i an effort to more effectively deal with the growing cancer called “Muslim extremists”. Their whining wouldn’t stop until something terrible happens…