Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as "outrageous and unforgivable" and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide of global revulsion.
Suggesting that the new video purportedly showing the beheaded picture of one of the Japanese hostages may be highly credible, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has condemned the video calling it “outrageous” and reiterated his demand to release another hostage unharmed.
A picture and a video released by the Islamic State (IS) militants on Saturday claimed that the jihadist group had beheaded Haruna Yukawa — one of the two Japanese nationals it held hostage, reports said.
Japan said on Friday it was still trying to secure the release of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State militants after a deadline to pay ransom for their release passed and there was no immediate word on their fate.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that a threat to the lives of two purported Japanese captives by Islamic State militants was unacceptable and that he strongly condemned acts of terrorism.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini welcomed on Monday Japan`s higher profile role in regional and global security, although many of its neighbours including China have expressed deep reservations over Tokyo`s moves.
Japan on Saturday pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, saying both nations should "proactively" assume responsibilities to ensure "open and stable seas" in the region, comments seen as an effort to contain China's growing assertiveness in South China Sea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Saturday that the world would suffer an "immeasurable loss" if terrorism spreads in the Middle East and pledged about $200 million in non-military assistance for countries battling Islamic State militants.