Islamic State confirms execution of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa

The Islamic State group confirmed Sunday its militants have executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese it has been holding hostage, following the release of a video announcing his death.

Japan condemns `outrageous` hostage murder

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.

Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

From prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese responded with shock today at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.

Japan using diplomatic channels to save hostages: Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday said all available diplomatic channels were being used to save the two Japanese nationals who were taken hostage by the Islamic State (IS) militants.

My heart aches, hope it's not my son: Japanese hostage's father after seeing IS' video
My heart aches, hope it's not my son: Japanese hostage's father after seeing IS' video

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.

Japan PM says `credibility` of hostage video is `high`
Japan PM says `credibility` of hostage video is `high`

Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday the "credibility" of a video announcing the execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State militant group was "high".

ISIS video claims execution of Japanese hostage, Japan PM expresses anger
ISIS video claims execution of Japanese hostage, Japan PM expresses anger

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 vows to `never give up` search for IS hostages

 Japan on Saturday vowed to "never give up" its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence.

Islamic State deadline on Japanese captives passes with no word on fate

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.

'Race against time' to save IS hostages: Japan PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted on Wednesday it was a "race against time" to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding USD 200 million for their lives.

Threat to purported Japanese captives 'unacceptable': Japan PM Abe

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 welcomes more active Japanese security role

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.

In Israel, Japan PM talks business with tough line on peace

Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with top Israeli officials in Jerusalem on Monday in a bid to deepen economic cooperation while also bringing a tough message on peace.

Japan PM on 3-day trip to Israel, West Bank

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flew into Tel Aviv on Sunday at the start of a visit hailed by Israel as an opportunity to boost economic ties.

Japan`s battered opposition picks new leader

 Japan`s battle-scarred main opposition party on Sunday chose Katsuya Okada as its new leader as it tries to recover from a disastrous showing in December`s general election and years of drift.

Japan wants closer maritime security cooperation with India

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.

Japan pledges USD 2.5 billion non-military aid for Mideast

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday that his country will contribute USD 2.5 billion in non-military aid for the Middle East as he visits the volatile region.

Japan PM pledges $2.5 bn in Mideast aid

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday USD 2.5 billion in humanitarian and development aid for the Middle East as he launched a regional tour that includes visits to Jordan and Israel.

Japan's Abe pledges $200 million in support for Mideast states battling Islamic State

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.

Japanese top diplomat Fumio Kishida meets PM Narendra Modi

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday at the start of a two-day trip aimed at boosting ties between Asia`s second and third largest economies.