A new video emerged Friday of kidnapped Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was abducted by an armed group in Syria just over three years ago while reporting on the country's bloody civil war.

In the video, dated Oct. 17, 2017, Yasuda, 44, says in English that he is "fine" and adds that he hopes his family is doing well and wishes to see them soon.

"I just want to see you," he says calmly to the camera. "I hope it's soon."