Japanese journalist missing in Syria appears in video message online

A Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last summer has appeared in a video message posted online, Japanese media reported Thursday.

The man in the video identifies himself as Junpei Yasuda, Kyodo News agency said. Yasuda has reportedly been missing since late June when he entered Syria from Turkey.

The footage was reportedly posted to Facebook by Tarik Abdul Hak, who told Kyodo he received the video from a person representing the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked anti-government militant group in Syria.

The militant group may demand ransom, Hak was quoted by Kyodo as saying.

On the video, Yasuda says that March 16 is his birthday and that he loves his family and thinks of them.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to gather more information about the video.

Last update: Thu, 17/03/2016 - 10:53

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