As Japanese Hostage Deadline Passes, Still No Word From ISIS
The deadline ISIS set for Japan to pay a $200 million ransom in exchange for two hostages is now up, yet there's been no word from the militant group.By Jake Godin | January 23, 2015
Japan is out of time.
This is Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking after ISIS released a video showing two Japanese citizens held hostage. The militant group demanded a $200 million ransom within three days to spare their lives.
That was 72 hours ago, and now the fate of Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist, and Haruna Yukawa, a private security contractor, is unclear. The Japanese government had set Friday afternoon Tokyo time as the official deadline.