January 20, 2015
IS Holds Two Japanese Men Demands 100 Million Each For Their Lives.
Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video.
In the video Jihadi John stands next to two captives, Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa.
He cites that Japan has given $200 million , "to kill out women and children, the destroy the homes of the Muslims." And then demands $100 million for each live in 72 hours or he will behead the two hostages.
Its unclear how these two Japanese citizens were captured.
Before his capture, Goto was an avid freelance journalist who created his own video production company, Independent Press, in Tokyo in 1996 with the tagline "The World With You".The second hostage.
Through this company, he sent footage of conflict zones to Japanese television networks.
Goto is a man with a great interest in the Syrian civil war and the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded in the country. Here is a Unicef lecture he delivered in Tokyo in March last year on the Syrian crisis and the reality on the ground.
In YouTube footage released in August last year, the second man in the hostage video, believed to be Haruna Yukawa, was shown captured in Syria by IS sympathisers.We reported on Haruna Yukawa's capture here.
He was taken hostage while travelling with the Free Syria Army in northern Aleppo and because of his possession of a gun he was treated as a spy. In the footage, the militants ask the Japanese national: "You thief? Why you have gun? You kill soldier?" He replied: "I am no soldier."
His capture reached Japan and many started to dig for more information on the captive. It was discovered that he owned a company known simply as "Private Military Company" and he had uploaded Facebook videos showing himself using an AK47 in Aleppo.
This video of his capture remains online.