Missing Japanese journalist appears in video

In a video posted online on Thursday, missing Japanese journalist , Junpei Yasuda delivered a message to his country and family.

 

Yasuda, who went missing in Syria last year, is believed to be held hostage by the Nusra Front, an affiliate of Al Qaeda known for taking captive both foreign civilians as well as journalists.

 

In the one minute video, Yasuda never makes any mention of who is responsible for his capture.

 

This is the second time Yasuda has been held hostage by militant – terror groups in the region. In 2004, Yasuda was one of several Japanese journalists whom militant groups captured in Iraq. Although the Japanese government did negotiate their release, they were labeled as troublemakers upon their return home.

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