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 ...

Artwork by Kenji Goto on display at Tokyo gallery

National Feb 16, 2015

Artwork by Kenji Goto on display at Tokyo gallery

by Magdalena Osumi

Journalist Kenji Goto's efforts to aid people living in conflict zones may have gone widely unnoticed if his kidnapping and beheading by the Islamic State militant group had not caused outrage worldwide last month. But in the wake of his tragic death, an exhibition in ...