Wife of Japanese ISIS captive urges Amman, Tokyo to work for his relief

January 29, 2015 17:24

TOKYO - The wife of a Japanese journalist thought to be held by Islamic State insurgents in Syria urged the Japanese and Jordanian governments to work for his release shortly before a deadline set by his captors expired.

"I fear that this is the last chance for my husband, and we now have only a few hours left to secure his release and the life of (Jordanian air force pilot) Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh," Kenji Goto's wife Rinko said in a statement to Reuters and other media.

"I beg the Jordanian and Japanese government(s) to understand that the fates of both men are in their hands," she said in her first public comments since Goto appeared in a purported Islamic State video on Jan. 20 with fellow captive Haruna Yukawa, whose apparently beheaded body appeared in a subsequent video on Saturday.

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