A freelance reporter and close friend of Kenji Goto, the journalist executed by the Islamic State terrorist group in January, may be missing in the same country where his compatriot was beheaded.

A freelance war correspondent, Jumpei Yasuda appears to have gone missing in Syria, where he has reported on that country’s civil war, after regular updates to his Twitter account and blog stopped late last month.

Suspicions that he may have gone missing in the country came to light at news conference last Friday when reporters asked Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida about Yasuda's situation.