Time is running out for Tokyo… which is
grappling with how to free the two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group.
The Japanese government believes the 72-hour deadline given by the extremists is due to
expire at 2:50pm local time. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said
all efforts were being made to save the hostages… but described the situation as difficult,
adding that Tokyo had yet to make contact with the IS militants to confirm their safety.
The Islamic State had demanded a $200 million dollar ransom for the release of freelance
journalist Kenji Goto and contractor Haruna Yukawa.
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