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Jan 29, 2015

Jordan arrests website pair over hostage swap rumors

Two managers of a Jordanian website have been arrested for spreading rumors that an Iraqi jihadi had been freed in exchange for a Japanese hostage, a judicial source said Thursday. The owner of the Saraya News site, Hashim al-Khalidi, and editor-in-chief Seif Obeidat could ...

Goto gets sunset deadline extension

Jan 29, 2015

Goto gets sunset deadline extension

by Reiji Yoshida, Mizuho Aoki, and Masaaki Kameda

A new audio message purportedly from hostage Kenji Goto on Thursday morning declared that Jordan must present female prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi at the Turkish border by sunset on Thursday, or Jordanian air force pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh would be executed immediately. Twitter accounts linked to ...

Jan 29, 2015

1,700 file group lawsuit against Benesse over data theft

More than 1,700 people filed a group lawsuit on Thursday against major education service provider Benesse Corp. over last year’s massive theft of customer data. They are demanding ¥55,000 in damages for each plaintiff. The plaintiffs in the suit, filed at the Tokyo District ...

Jan 29, 2015

Bad weather delays launch of intelligence satellite

The launch of a rocket carrying a backup radar system for a government intelligence gathering was postponed Thursday by bad weather. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said there was a risk of electrical storm clouds at the time ...

Goto's mother pins hopes on Abe

Jan 29, 2015

Goto's mother pins hopes on Abe

by Tomohiro Osaki

The mother of hostage Kenji Goto said Thursday she is pinning all her hopes on the government of Shinzo Abe, as she believes he can bring her son home alive. “Japan is a smart country. I have a 100 percent faith in (the nation’s) ...

Jan 29, 2015

ASEAN ministers condemn Islamic State actions in hostage crisis

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations condemned the violence perpetrated by militants in Iraq and Syria, including the seizure of two Japanese hostages and the apparent execution of one of them. “We denounce all unlawful acts of destruction, violence and terror ...

Chongryon's HQ resold to another company

Jan 29, 2015

Chongryon's HQ resold to another company

A real estate firm that recently acquired the building housing the Tokyo headquarters of North Korea-affiliated group Chongryon has signed a deal to sell the property for ¥4.4 billion, informed sources said Thursday. The building’s new owner, a Yamagata-based real estate company, is expected ...