Another video possibly showing missing journalist Junpei Yasuda surfaces

Person believed to be missing journalist Junpei Yasuda said in the newly found video, 'These are very serious circumstances'

TOKYO (TR) – Following the emergence earlier this month of a video seeming to show missing journalist Junpei Yasuda, another clip appearing to show him has surfaced on the internet, reports TBS News (July 31).

“Today is July 25, 2018,” the person believed to be Yasuda, 44, said in Japanese in the newly found 18-second-long video. “These are very serious circumstances.” He also said that he is a Korean national named Umar.

In the clip, the man, who sports a gray and black beard, is positioned in front of two masked persons holding assault rifles.

Clip from a video appearing to show missing journalist Junpei Yasuda (Twitter)

Missing in 2015

Yasuda went missing in July of 2015, shortly after secretly crossing into Syria from Turkey. He went into the country to report on issues such as the execution of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, who was killed after being captured by Islamic State militants that same year.

Al-Nusra Front, a Sunni Islamist militia aligned with al-Qaida, is believed to have captured Yasuda. Previous reports indicated that they are seeking a ransom.

In May of 2016, a photo that surfaced on social media showed Yasuda holding a sign that read: “Please help. This is the last chance.”

The following month, it was learned that a negotiator working for Yasuda’s release terminated their efforts “after the Japanese government did not respond to the requests of the captors.”

“I am fine”

Earlier this month, news outlets showed another video featuring a person believed to be Yasuda. “I am Junpei. I am fine,” the person said in the video while seated in a chair. “I am praying for the safety of my family. I just want to see my family. I hope to see you soon.”

The government of Japan has not confirmed whether the persons in either of the videos that emerged this month is in fact Yasuda.

Tokyo Reporter Staff

The editorial team at The Tokyo Reporter brings the site's readership the latest news from the under side of Japan.

Share
Published by

Recent Posts

Saitama: Yakuza nabbed over stabbing of 2 fellow gangsters

Suspect allegedly used a knife to stab the victims in the chest inside a multi-tenant building in the Saitama City…

21 hours ago

School apologizes after video purportedly shows teacher assaulting student

Teacher slapped the boy across the face, causing him to fall up against a wall in a hallway

1 day ago

Tokyo: Man (not named Banksy) arrested for spraying graffiti

Man is suspected of spraying graffiti the text 'Bureau Cat' 15 locations in Minato Ward

1 day ago

Kanazawa: Man, 80, sets wife on fire in vehicle

Suspect told police in denying the allegations, 'I did not intend to kill'

1 day ago

Wife of yakuza boss, driver shot in Kawasaki; gunman sought

Gunman used a pistol to shoot the woman, 47, and the 51-year-old driver after they exited a vehicle onto a…

2 days ago

Saitama: Body of man struck by train hits two women on station platform

Impact sent his body hurtling across the platform, striking two women, aged in the 80s and 20s, police said

2 days ago