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Japan government pledges diplomatic efforts to free IS hostage Kenji Goto

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Jan 26th, 2015
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Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida

Tokyo ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Japan’s government promised Monday to keep using diplomatic channels to secure the release of an ISIS hostage — but admitted it yet to make direct contact with his “despicable” kidnappers.

The country’s foreign minister traveled to Jordan to work on the release of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, who was captured in Syria.

In the video, Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto holds a photo that purportedly shows the dead body of the second hostage, Haruna Yukawa.

In the video, Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto holds a photo that purportedly shows the dead body of the second hostage, Haruna Yukawa.

His fate has been unclear since a deadline passed Friday for payment of a $200 million ransom. An audio recording released Saturday of Goto speaking in English confirming the execution of his fellow captive, Haruna Yukawa, is believed by Tokyo to be authentic.

“Human life remains this government’s foremost priority and from that perspective we are working closely with various nations, including Jordan, and religious leaders as well as tribal chiefs and other such organizations for the early release of Mr Goto,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Japan.

But when asked if any contact has been made with the hostage-takers he replied: “The government has not been in contact.”

Iraqi Jihadist woman Sajida al-Rishawi

Iraqi Jihadist woman Sajida al-Rishawi

In Saturday’s video, ISIS appeared to change its demand from a ransom to the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, who is jailed in Jordan for taking part in a series of 2005 hotel bombings in Amman. While her bomb vest failed, her husband’s successfully detonated, killing nearly 40 people.

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