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New video of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda held captive in Syria

2 August 2018

The IFJ has reiterated its call to the Japanese government to take all necessary steps to free Jumpei Yasuda, a Japanese journalist who has been held captive in Syria since June 2015.

In the new video, which is around 20 seconds long, Yasuda, a 42-year-old freelance journalist, wears an orange suit and is surrounded by armed men. In his short speech, the journalist describes himself as South Korean - although he's Japanese, he claims he is "in a terrible situation" and asks for immediate help.
The recording is dated 25 July but was posted on 31 July.

It is the third video that his captors, who are reportedly an Islamic terrorist group, have posted since Yasuda’s kidnapping. They published similar videos showing him alive in 2016 and another one on 8 July 2018. The group is reportedly seeking a $10 million ransom for his release.

Yasuda went missing a few months after fellow Japanese colleague and friend, Kenji Goto, was killed by the Islamic State (IS) in February 2015. Goto was killed by IS after the Japanese government failed to pay a US$200 million ransom.

The IFJ joins its Japanese affiliates, Minpororen (JFCBWU – Japan Federation of Commercial Broadcast Workers Union) and Shinbunroroen (Japan Federation of Newspaper Workers' Union), in their urgent call to the authorities to take all necessary steps to free Yasuda and enable him to return to his family and friends.

Tags: , journalist safety, journalists detained, japan, syria, japan federation of commercial broadcast workers union, japan federation of newspaper workers union, solidarity, ifj