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  • Father of Japanese IS hostage reported killed in militant video still prays for son's life

    The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly shown in a video as having been killed by Islamic State militants is hoping against hope his son could still be alive. "My mind went totally blank," Shoichi Yukawa told reporters Sunday, a day after news...
  • Japanese leader 'speechless' over apparent beheading by Islamic State

    A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release. In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji...
  • Japan won't give up on effort save 2 IS hostages 'until the very end' after deadline passes

    Japan promised Saturday not to give up "until the very end" on efforts to rescue two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants demanding a $200 million ransom, after a deadline passed with no word from the captors. Militants...
  • Islamic State says it killed Japanese hostage

    IRBIL, Iraq The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed it had killed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa after Japan declined to pay a $200 million ransom for two men it kidnapped last year in Syria. In a departure from its previous practice of posting a...
  • Japan readies for deadline set by Islamic State for hostages

    The deadline to pay a ransom for two Japanese hostages of the Islamic State group or risk their deaths loomed Friday, with no signs of progress on securing their release. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened his National Security Council to discuss how to...
  • Izakaya Mita brings binchotan and more to Bucktown

    Izakaya Mita brings binchotan and more to Bucktown
    Izakaya Mita brings the true spirit of Japanese izakayas to a Bucktown storefront. Mini-review: Izakaya Mita 1960 N. Damen Ave. 773-799-8677 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start The jury is out on whether Jay Cutler is going to get his act...
  • Islamic State deadline for killing Japanese hostages passes with no word

    As the mother of one of two Japanese men held by Islamic State militants begged for his release Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration said Britain and Australia had agreed to help try to secure the hostages’ freedom. In a...
  • Islamic State militants: 'Countdown has begun' for Japanese hostages

    Islamic State militants: 'Countdown has begun' for Japanese hostages
    Prayers were offered Friday at Tokyo's largest mosque for two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants who had demanded a $200 million ransom for their release. Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group posted an online...
  • A respected journalist and man obsessed with guns: How their lives crossed in Syria

    One is a freelance journalist respected for his reporting on refugees and children in war zones. The other is a man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters. Despite their differing backgrounds and passions, their paths had...
  • Japan says it's looking at all possible ways to free hostages

    Japan says it's looking at all possible ways to free hostages
    Japan said Thursday it was considering all possible ways to gain the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate. The Islamic State group, in a video message seen Tuesday, said...
  • US nuclear cleanup specialist goes from Hanford to Fukushima

    TOKYO Working in Japan and with his family still living in Richland, Wash., Matthew McCormick has one of the longest commutes in the world. "I don't make it very often, only when family calls or the lawn needs to be mowed, that kind of stuff," he joked....