Japan hostage father still hopeful

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Published: Sunday 25th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State (IS) militants says he is hoping deep in his heart that the news is not true.

Shoichi Yukawa says he is praying his son Haruna is alive and that he wants to hug him.

He told Japanese media today he could barely stay calm after a new video released late yesterday purported to show his son had been killed. The video message also demanded a prisoner exchange for the other Japanese hostage.

Japan’s prime minister said early today that the latest video was probably authentic.

Published: Sunday 25th January 2015 by The News Editor

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