| Jan 27, 2015
| 10:48 PM
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...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 10:49 PM
The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives.
| Jan 21, 2015
| 8:51 AM
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...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 9:29 PM
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...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 10:56 PM
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...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 9:22 AM
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...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 12:53 AM
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...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 7:22 PM
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...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 8:48 PM
United States Japan and Australia lined up together against Russia on Sunday, vowing to oppose Russian efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine during a rare trilateral meeting held at the G20 summit in Brisbane.
President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 7:24 PM
How to make sense of the dispute between Japan and China over some half a dozen uninhabited islets in the East China Sea known as the Diaoyu to the Chinese and the Senkaku to the Japanese?
FOR THE RECORD:
In a Nov. 30 OpEd about...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 1:39 PM
In the just-released film "Unbroken," as in real life, U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Louis Zamperini was beaten, starved and forced to work as a slave laborer by his Japanese captors.
Things could have been worse. Like some other war prisoners held by the...