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Jan 23, 2015

Partial list of Japanese hostage crises

The deadline set by Islamic militants threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom passed Friday with no news of their fate. Here are some key hostage crises that have embroiled Japanese nationals abroad in the past. September 1977: ...

Jan 22, 2015

Japan, Britain agree closer on security cooperation

In their first-ever two-plus-two talks, Japan and Britain agreed Wednesday to enhance security cooperation, including the possible joint development of missile technology and an exercise to evacuate nationals from an overseas contingency. The Japanese and British foreign affairs and defense ministers underscored readiness to ...

Jan 21, 2015

Komura says Tokyo will not meet Islamic State's demands

Masahiko Komura, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s vice president, said Wednesday that Japan will not comply with the Islamic State’s ransom demand, after the militant group threatened to kill two Japanese it is holding hostage. “Withdrawal of the humanitarian support is out of the ...