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
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