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Multiple organizations in Japan have issued statements on the hostage crisis. Following are selected quotes:

Islamic Center Japan

Japan is practically the only country in the world that did not and will not declare a WAR against any other country, including ISIS/IS, because its constitution clearly forbids any sort of military activities that are not in a self-defense when Japanese territories are attached.

(The) killing will violate the Quranic teaching, as Allah says in Surat Al-Mumtahanah, verse 8:

“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes — from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly”.

Council of Arab Ambassadors in Japan

The Council of Arab Ambassadors accredited to Japan would like to condemn in the strong terms and express outrage over the brutal murder of a Japanese hostage committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The Council also deplores that this crime was committed against a citizen of Japan, the nation and the friendly people who stood in several countless occasions beside Islamic and Arab countries and exchanged with them many noble and generous humanitarian gestures.

Japan Visual Journalist Association

We call on the Islamic State and the government of Japan to engage in sincere negotiations. According to the released image and recorded voice message, the Islamic State is seeking to enter negotiations with the Government of Japan; and the Government of Japan has also expressed that human life is the top priority. Non-violent dialogue between the two parties is fully possible.

Reporters Without Borders

It is vital that the Japanese government should seek the help of all the ‘strategic’ states in the region and their diplomatic networks. Efforts must be pooled to end Islamic State’s barbaric hostage industry. Following last year’s execution of journalists, we must accept that all options should be envisaged in order to save lives.

Japan National Press Club

We would not tolerate heinous acts for demanding the ransom by using human lives as a shield. Our Club strives for maintaining the integrity of journalism and the principle of the freedom of the press. This incident intimidates by force the freedom of the press, a pillar of democracy, and obstructs free news-gathering activities.

Amnesty International Japan

International humanitarian law regards acts of hostage-taking, cruel treatment involving physical or mental torture as well as the execution of hostages as war crimes. There is no justification for such acts.

Parties engaged in armed conflict in Syria, including the Islamic State, should ensure the safety of civilians, journalists and humanitarian aid workers. Countries and organizations with influence over the group should work toward the release of the hostages and the protection of civilians using all means possible.

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