Video Showing Japanese Hostage, Kenji Goto Beheaded Released

Channels Television  
Updated January 31, 2015

Kenji Goto A video has been released online purporting to show the beheading of Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants.

The video came less than a week after news of the beheading of another Japanese man, Haruna Yukawa.

Mr Goto, 47, is a popular freelance journalist and film-maker who went to Syria in October, reportedly to try to secure Mr Yukawa’s release.

The Islamic State group had on Sunday, January 25, confirmed that its militants executed Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing his death.

“The Islamic State has carried out its threat… it has executed Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa, after the expiry of the deadline given,” the Sunni extremist group said on Al-Bayan Radio, which broadcasts in areas under its control in Iraq and Syria.

ISIS had on January 20 threatened to kill the two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo hands over $200 million within 72 hours.

In a video posted online, a masked man clad in black and holding a knife stood over the two kneeling men in orange jumpsuits against the backdrop of a barren landscape.

The militant, who spoke in English, demanded “200 million” without specifying a currency, but an Arabic subtitle identified it as U.S. Dollars.

The masked man links the threat against the two men’s lives to Japan’s support for the U.S.-led coalition that is fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

However, Japan said it was trying to authenticate the latest video showing Kenji Goto beheaded.

The video, which bears the same symbols as previous IS videos, shows a militant with a British accent beheading Mr Kenji Goto.