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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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A Released Hostage

 On October 23rd, Japanese journalist Junpei Yasuda, who had been held hostage in Syria for 3 years and 4 months, was released. He was delivered to the Japanese Embassy in Turkey, and returned to Japan on the 25th. The majority of Japanese were indifferent to his rescue, and quite a few citizens are now criticizing his reckless behavior.                                                                                                                    As Syria’s war situation got worse, the Japanese government issued an evacuation advisory in 2011. In addition, the government directly requested that Mr. Yasuda refrain from traveling to Syria. Nevertheless, he flew into Syria, and was quickly abducted in June 2015.                                                                                  On the Internet, he blamed the Japanese government for its travel restriction, and dubbed Japan an uncommon ‘chicken nation’ in the world. Additionally, he lectured, “ Don’t bother me because it’s my responsibility.” I accept his decision as long as he accepts the consequences of his actions.                                                                       This July, he released a video on the web. On the video, he said, “ My name is Umar. I’m South Korean.” Yasuda explained that he had to allow the militia’s rule which banned revealing his true citizenship so as not to be located. I don’t understand the connection between citizenship and location. And, why did he not simply conceal his citizenship rather than falsify it.                                                                                                          I praise at the Abe Cabinet in maintaining its resolute stance never to pay a ransom although it might turn out later that there was a backdoor ransom employed. Reportedly, the Qatar government disbursed 3 million U.S. dollars, and Yasuda was then transferred to the Japanese Embassy. He remarked, “ Some people might think that I was released thanks to the Japanese government. The way of release was regrettable.”                                                                               He was reported to have been abducted by the “Nusura Front”, an al-Qa’ ida affiliate, which has since been renamed “Tahrir Al Shaharm” (THS). However, the THS released a statement that they had nothing to with Junpei Yasuda’s confinement, and that they only learned of his release by watching TV.” Now, it is rumored that his entire confinement was a self-created ruse to collect the ransom himself.                                                                                    We still don’t know the whole truth. Junpei Yasuda has promised to explain everything soon. I hope he does.


  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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