Image apparently of missing Japanese journalist released online
Jiji -- Jul 06
What is believed to be an image of Junpei Yasuda, a 44-year-old Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria, appeared Friday on the Facebook page of a Syrian man.

The Syrian said the image is part of a video clip that he received from a proxy for the Islamist militant group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front. Yasuda is reportedly being held by the group.

The group apparently hopes to negotiate with the Japanese government and other parties for the possible release of Yasuda.

According to the Syrian man, the video was recorded in October last year.

In the 53-second video, a man claiming to be Yasuda speaks in English about his capture and current health, the Syrian man said.

シリア北部で行方不明となってから約3年余り。フリージャーナリストの安田純平さん(44)とみられる映像を入手した。 真っ黒な背景の場所で語るひげを伸ばした男性。 安田純平さんとみられる男性 :「私は『ジュンペイ』です。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
Dec 12
Japan is seeking to possess its first aircraft carrier to allow for the deployment of U.S.-made stealth fighters as it seeks to bolster its arms capability under a new 10-year defense plan. (Japan Today)
Dec 12
A court in Beijing has sentenced a Japanese man in his 70s who was arrested in China in June 2015 to 12 years in prison for spying, sources well-informed about Sino-Japanese relations said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Dec 12
Rakuten Inc and Walmart Inc officially opened the first Walmart e-commerce store in Japan, the Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store, on the Rakuten Ichiba internet shopping mall. (Japan Today)
Dec 11
Major Japanese restaurant chain Gusto on Monday stopped providing plastic straws at its 1,300 locations nationwide. (NHK)
Dec 11
Tokyo prosecutors have indicted former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn for understating his past compensation by tens of millions of dollars. They have also served an additional arrest warrant on him over similar allegations relating to his pay in the last 3 years. (NHK)
Dec 11
Winter bonuses at Japanese companies averaged an all-time high of 834,391 yen ($7,400) this year, according to a Nikkei survey released Monday, notching a sixth straight year of growth on strong corporate earnings. (Nikkei)
Dec 10
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 39-year-old man over the stabbing of three Cambodian nationals at an apartment building in Hanyu City on Saturday, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)
Dec 10
Crown Princess Masako, who turned 55 on Sunday, vowed to make her best effort to serve the people as she is set to become Empress following May’s Imperial succession. (Japan Times)
Dec 10
Japan is set to extend the copyright period on works such as novels and paintings to 70 years after the authors’ deaths from the current 50 years, effective Dec. 30, when the revised copyright law goes into force. (Japan Times)
Dec 09
A Chinese court has sentenced a Japanese woman to six years in prison for spying, a source privy to bilateral relations said Saturday. (Japan Today)