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Japanese national feared captured in Syria

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 01:26

Japan trying to confirm if man said to be captured in Syria is a Japanese national. Katie Sargent reports

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The Japanese government is trying to confirm if one of its citizens has been captured in Syria by the militant group Islamic State. The man was seen in a YouTube video lying on the ground being questioned by unseen people. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MAN ON GROUND AS VOICES AROUND SAYING: "Where are you from? Don't lie to me. You are not from Japan, where are you from." MAN BELIEVED TO BE HARUNA YUKAWA ON GROUND SAYING: "Japan" MALE VOICE SAYING: "Why are you here?" MAN BELIEVED TO BE HARUNA YUKAWA ON GROUND SAYING: "Job. Photography" MALE VOICE SAYING: "No, no, no. Photograph not dressed like this" The man says his name is Haruna Yukawa. That's the same name as the chief executive of a self-described private mercenary and security firm based in Tokyo. Japan's Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Akitaka Saiki says they're trying to find out more about Yukawa's situation. (SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) VICE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AKITAKA SAIKI, SAYING: "I can't tell you how we are gathering information but the Japanese government, foreign ministry and embassy are all working hard to confirm his identity and secure his safety right now." The security firm chief is seen in a video on his Facebook page dated July 11th test firing an assault rifle. The post says the video is from Aleppo, Syria. Other posts show photos of him purportedly in Iraq. A government filing says his firm PMC Japan was set up in January and does everything from web design to security services. However no such office could be found at the location listed on the company website.

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Japanese national feared captured in Syria

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 01:26