Under Abe's reign, media self-censorship in Japan is rising

Feb 25, 2015

Under Abe's reign, media self-censorship in Japan is rising

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Worries are growing in Japan about a trend toward media self-censorship as journalists and experts say news organizations are toning down criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for fear of sparking ire and losing access to sources. No one is accusing Abe’s administration ...

Feb 25, 2015

Kayla Mueller's parents wanted her 'to tell the truth'

Kayla Mueller’s parents say they wanted their daughter to tell the truth, though doing that may have cost her a chance to gain her freedom from Islamic State militants. The international aid worker and her Syrian boyfriend were taken hostage in August 2013. He ...

JGC workers angered by hostages' deaths

Jan 23, 2013

JGC workers angered by hostages' deaths

Employees of plant engineering firm JGC Corp. as well as relatives and friends of workers expressed anger and dismay after the government confirmed Monday that seven Japanese were killed during the hostage crisis at the Ain Amenas gas complex in Algeria last week. In ...

Apr 28, 2004

Hostage blames state for backlash

The harsh criticism that has been aimed at Japanese civilians taken hostage in Iraq stems from government resentment over their relatives’ calls for Tokyo to withdraw its troops from the country, one of the hostages said Tuesday. Five Japanese civilians were taken captive in ...

Ex-hostage stands by decision to visit Iraq

Apr 22, 2004

Ex-hostage stands by decision to visit Iraq

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A freelance journalist recently freed after being held hostage in Iraq said that while he regrets not properly realizing the dangers of traveling near a war zone, he stands by his decision to go and report on the situation there. Jumpei Yasuda, 30, who ...

Hostages released into storm of criticism

Apr 21, 2004

Hostages released into storm of criticism

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Two days before her daughter was freed Thursday night by her captors in Iraq, 65-year-old Kyoko Takato was apologizing to the public, using words more befitting of the parent of a criminal. Civilian hostages Nahoko Takato, 34, a volunteer aid worker; Soichiro Koriyama, a ...

Apr 20, 2004

Freed hostage pair sorry, admit going to Fallujah

Two Japanese civilian captives freed Saturday by gunmen after being kidnapped last week apologized Sunday for causing trouble and said they were snatched while trying to get to Fallujah, not to a downed U.S. chopper. Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda and human rights activist Nobutaka ...