Play, other events planned to honor murdered journalist Goto

National Jan 28, 2016

Play, other events planned to honor murdered journalist Goto

A year has gone by since freelance journalist Kenji Goto was murdered by Islamic State militants, and Goto's friends, still in mourning, are planning various events to pass on his legacy. To commemorate the first anniversary of his death, Sakura Baba, 42, will be staging ...

Editorials Dec 20, 2015

How to combat the Islamic State

Islamic State and other radicals must be confronted, contained and destroyed, and how modern societies go about this effort will determine its success or failure.

Syrian ex-captive says he was with Goto, Yukawa

National Apr 8, 2015

Syrian ex-captive says he was with Goto, Yukawa

A Syrian man held in northern Syria by the Islamic State group has said he was with the two Japanese hostages killed by the militants and delivered food to them in a cell for foreign captives. In an interview, the 45-year-old man, who declined to ...

Editorials Feb 24, 2015

An objective probe is needed

The Abe administration's management of the Islamic State hostage crisis must be investigated in an objective manner to provide lessons that will help guide the government in future crises.

Mosques in Japan harassed in wake of hostage crisis

National Feb 23, 2015

Mosques in Japan harassed in wake of hostage crisis

At least six mosques and a Muslim organization in Japan have received threats since the hostage crisis that saw two Japanese men killed by the Islamic State militant group. There are between 70 and 80 mosques in Japan, according to the Tokyo-based Japan Muslim Association. ...

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

National Feb 22, 2015

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said Saturday during a visit to Japan that Qatar's government tried to mediate the release of Japanese hostages before they were killed by the Islamic State group. In an interview with Kyodo News, al-Attiyah said, "The Japanese government ...

Cowed news media has forgotten its role

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Feb 21, 2015

Cowed news media has forgotten its role

by Philip Brasor

In his Tokyo Shimbun column about weekly magazines, Hiroyuki Shinoda recently lauded Shukan Asahi for accusing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of exploiting the murder of journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State group for political purposes. Shinoda points out that the magazine had been ...