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Islamic State releases new audio message read by Japanese hostage

It purportedly extended the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber.


Japan turns to ‘I am Kenji’ Facebook page on hostage crisis

The page asks people to post self-portraits and other photos with a sign that says “I am Kenji.”


Japan working to gain IS hostage’s release, analyzing video

Attention was focused on trying to save Kenji Goto, a 47-year-old journalist who was shown in the video.


Japan condemns apparent IS execution of hostage Haruna Yukawa, demands release of remaining captive

Abe said the government would spare no effort to secure the release of the remaining captive.


Japan vows to ‘never give up’ search for Islamic State hostages

“We will never give up. We will bring them home,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama.


2 Japanese hostages: How their lives got intertwined

Their capture by the Islamic State group has created a sudden crisis for Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.


Prepared to consider all possible ways to save the two hostages: Japan

The IS said it would kill two Japanese hostages if it did not receive a ransom of $200 million.


Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat to kill hostages

Abe faces a hard choice: openly pay the extremists or ask an ally like the United States to attempt a risky rescue inside Syria.


Fukushima rice passes radiation tests for first time since disaster: Official

Miniscule amounts of rice produced in 2012 and 2013 failed to pass radiation checks and had to be destroyed.


Abe vows to stick to reflationary policies after election win

“I want to boldly implement the ‘Three Arrows’,” Abe said.


Abe re-elected despite low-turnout in Japan polls

TV Asahi said the pairing had won 333 of the 475 seats, while TBS put the figure at 328.


Japan heads to polls with PM Shinzo Abe on course to retain power

Abe called for the election, saying he wanted a fresh mandate for his economic program and other policies.


Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle

The reason is lower output due to unusually hot weather last summer in Hokkaido, Japan’s dairy basket.


Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights

The Japan Meteorological Agency does not expect the eruption to increase in scale.


In Japan, local students flock to Indian schools to learn English

Set to host Olympics in 2020, lack of fluency in English is a collective concern of govt, citizens.