For First Time, ISIS Demands Cash In Japanese Hostage Video
A video believed to have been released by ISIS threatens to kill two Japanese men if the country doesn't give militants $200 million in 72 hours.By Cliff Judy | January 20, 2015
A video that appears to be released by ISIS threatens to kill two Japanese citizens if the country doesn't give the militants $200 million in the next three days. Japan's actions so far show its leaders likely consider the video legit.
The black-clad man speaking in the video says Japan must pay for helping fund the fight against ISIS. The New York Times, like several other media outlets, said it could not independently verify the video's authenticity.
The video says one of the two Japanese hostages is Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist whose website Independent Press says he's covered five world conflicts and documented "refugees, poverty, AIDS, [and] children's education."