National Feb 6, 2015

Turkey did all it could in hostage crisis, foreign minister says

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country made every effort to win the release of the two Japanese hostages murdered by the Islamic State militant group. In his first Japanese media interview since the crisis broke in January, the minister also said Wednesday in ...

Abe thanks Turkish president for assistance in hostage crisis

National Feb 4, 2015

Abe thanks Turkish president for assistance in hostage crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his appreciation to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Turkey's assistance in trying to resolve the hostage crisis that ended with Islamic State militants killing two Japanese nationals, officials said. "Japan will fulfill its responsibility to contribute to stability and ...

Experts urge caution after hostage crisis

Business Feb 3, 2015

Experts urge caution after hostage crisis

by Atsushi Kodera

Japanese companies are apparently keeping calm following the Islamic State hostage crisis that resulted in the brutal murder of two nationals, but crisis management experts say businesses should nonetheless take this opportunity to review how prepared they are for such potential dangers. Companies contacted by ...

Veteran mourned by freelancer support group

National Feb 1, 2015

Veteran mourned by freelancer support group

by Eric Johnston

The murder of Kenji Goto highlights the dangers facing freelance journalists around the globe who bravely report from the world's most dangerous conflict zones — but without the institutional backup enjoyed by full-time reporters at mainstream media organizations. Goto was a part of this loose, ...

National Feb 1, 2015

A time line of the hostage crisis

The following is a chronology of major events related to the Islamic State hostage crisis. July 28, 2014: Self-styled security contractor Haruna Yukawa enters Syria from Turkey by land. Aug. 8: The United States begins airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. Aug. 14: A man ...

A timeline of Japan's Islamic State hostage crisis

National Jan 28, 2015

A timeline of Japan's Islamic State hostage crisis

Here is a brief summary of the major events that have led up to the current hostage crisis involving Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. July 28: Haruna Yukawa, with the ambition of working as a private military contractor, returns to the Middle East. Aug. 14: During ...