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  • Mother of Japanese hostage pleads for son's life as deadline nears

    The mother of a Japanese hostage believed to be in the hands of Islamic extremists made an emotional appeal for her son’s life Wednesday, hours before a deadline set by his captors was to expire. In a statement read to reporters, Junko Ishido, the...
  • Japan working with Jordan, others to free Islamic State hostage

    Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group. "We all have one unchanged goal and we will absolutely not give up until the end. And with that faith, we will...
  • Toyota keeps title as top automaker, but VW closing the gap

    Toyota keeps title as top automaker, but VW closing the gap
    Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight, but was less upbeat about this year. The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen and General...
  • 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...
  • Many Japanese view slain hostages, Abe as troublemakers bringing insecurity to their country

    In Japan, where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid "meiwaku" — causing trouble for others. And sympathy aside, the two Japanese purportedly slain by the Islamic State group are now widely...
  • 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...
  • Islamic State threatens to kill Japanese hostages, demands $200 million

    Islamic State threatens to kill Japanese hostages, demands $200 million
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called for the immediate release of two Japanese hostages being held by Islamic State extremists seeking a $200-million ransom. “I strongly demand that they not be harmed and that they be immediately...
  • 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...
  • IOC: Decision on adding new sports for Tokyo Olympics moved back to Aug 2016

    The final decision on which new sports will be added to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics won't be made until August 2016 — a year later than originally planned. Wrapping up a two-day meeting in the Japanese capital, IOC Vice President John...
  • China fears Japan will use hostage crisis to drop pacifist policies

    BEIJING When news broke Sunday that militants from the Islamic State group had beheaded journalist Kenji Goto after killing another Japanese citizen, much of the world condemned the executions and offered Japan condolences. Not China. In Beijing,...
  • Japan's leader defends handling of Islamic State group hostage crisis as nation mourns

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff Monday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed by the Islamic State group. During a long day of parliamentary debate,...