POLITICS

Feb 01
The White House said Saturday that U.S. analysts were working to authenticate a purported Islamic State video showing the apparent beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. (voanews.com)
Feb 01
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 1 condemned the apparent killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State, vowing to work with other nations to bring those responsible to justice. (Asahi)
Jan 30
UN member nations in the Asia-Pacific region have chosen Japan as their sole candidate for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the next 2-year term. (NHK)
Jan 29
The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. (abcnews.go.com)
Jan 29
Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed. (Reuters)
Jan 29
The fate of Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto, believed to be held captive by the Islamic State militant group, has remained unknown after a new 24-hour deadline for negotiations on his life, set by the group, appears to have passed late Wednesday night. (Jiji Press)
Jan 29
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government is doing all it can to get the release of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. (NHK)
Jan 28
The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat. (Japan Today)
Jan 28
China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to “frighten Japan”. (dailymail.co.uk)
Jan 28
The Abe administration is considering legislation that could allow Japanese troops to come to the rescue of Japanese nationals in future hostage situations overseas. (Asahi)