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We repeat our condemnation of the acts of the Islamic State extremist group, which claims to have killed both of the two Japanese they took hostage, Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa. Its attempt to justify their killings by accusing Japan of taking part in the war against it does not make sense, and its threat to “cause carnage wherever (Japanese) people are found” should not deter Japan from contributing to the international fight against terrorism in its own, nonmilitary ways.

The hostage crisis underscored that Japan and its people can be the targets of international terrorism. We obviously need to be on guard at the government, business and individual levels. But in doing so, we first need a cool-headed assessment of what we’re facing up to and what’s lacking in our system to protect our people from the threats of terrorism.

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