Japan vows to hold ISIL accountable for Goto, Yakawa’s death

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Despite efforts by the Japanese government the hostage crisis ended tragically. CCTV’s Terrence Terashima reported this story from Tokyo.

“A little while ago, a video that is believed to the execution of Kenji Goto was released on the internet,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The news of Islamic State Militants executing the Japanese journalist, Kenji Goto came in early morning hours on Sunday. One week after the execution of another Japanese national Haruna Yukawa.

Japan vows to hold ISIL accountable for Goto, Yakawa\'s death

Japan vows to hold ISIL accountable for Goto, Yakawa\'s death

Despite efforts by the Japanese government the hostage crisis ended tragically. CCTV's Terrence Terashima reported this story from Tokyo.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his anger vowing to bring those responsible to justice.

“I feel indignation over this immoral and heinous act of terrorism. I will never forgive these terrorists,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. “We will coordinate with the international community to make them pay for their sins.”

The negotiation for hostage exchange reached a deadlock after Jordanian government demanded proof of life of the Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh for exchange with a failed suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi.

Japan was placed in a difficult position where it had to rely on the Jordanian government to win the release of al-Kasaebeh and Goto.

Goto’s mother braved herself in front of the camera after hearing the fate of her son.

“He always hoped to make the world a place without any wars, and to save children from war and poverty,” Junko Ishido, Mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto said. “I promise here to carry out his legacy hopefully with your support.”

It was a sad day for Japan.

“Japan never had negative image of Islam as a religion. This kind act will only cause misunderstanding of Islam and people in the region,” a Japanese citizen who did not give their name said.

Some expressed their anger and supported coalition efforts to eradicate the Islamic militants.

“I think it may be necessary to use force to prevent such unjust actions by the Islamic state. Of course we have to debate on the right way to use such force,” a Japanese citizen who did not provide their name said.

Many people thought maybe Japan still lacked the understanding of the culture and situation in the middle-east. Experts said maybe the Japanese government needs to reevaluate its approaches to diplomacy, investment and security policy for the middles-east to prevent future recurrences.


Gus Martin discusses ISIL's tactics, possible outcomes

Gus Martin discusses ISIL's tactics, possible outcomes

CCTV America's Susan Roberts interviewed California State University Dominguez Hills Professor of terrorism and extremism Gus Martin. He discussed ISIL's tactics and the possible outcomes of the probable exchange of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh for the release of suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi.