Who was Kenji Goto, the Japanese executed by the Islamic State?

The 47-year-old, Kenji Goto, a longtime freelance journalist who covered the war in Syria

Kenji Goto, kidnapped and executed Saturday by terrorists of the Islamic State , was born in Sendai, Miyagi, in 1967, and was a freelance journalist who established a video production company called Independent Press in Tokyo in 1996.

His company is dedicated to making documentaries on the Middle East and elsewhere for Japanese television, including public broadcaster NHK.

The 47-year-old left Japan when his youngest daughter was three weeks old. He made ​​several reports on the situation in the battlefield of the Syrian city of Kobani and other areas.

A frame grab taken from a footage on October 24, 2014, shows Japanese journalist Kenji Goto Jogo, one of two Japanese hostages captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), gives an interview in northern Mari district of Aleppo, Syria. (Photo by Huseyin Nasir / Anadolu Agency /Getty Images)

His last Twitter message was the October 23. A day later he did a video to tell his family that he intended to return to Japan.

In early November 2014, his wife received emails in which she was required to submit about one billion yen (8.5 billion dollars) to rescue Goto. The person who sent the email claimed to be a member of the Islamic State.

It is believed that the Japanese government began investigations discreetly after threats contained information that only the same Goto knew.

In a video posted on Saturday, January 24,  the beheading of one of the Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa was reported.


You can see the video by clicking [[[ HERE ]]]

And another recording, released Tuesday, showed a static image with  Goto holding a photo that appeared to be of Al Kassasbeh, the pilot captured by ISIS last month after his plane crashed in Syria.

Goto holding what appears to be an image of the Jordanian pilot, Muadh al-Kasasbeh, being held a prisoner by the group since his aircraft crashed during a US-led bombing raid over eastern Syria in late December.

The video ends immediately after pictures of the beheading of Kenji, no mentions of another hostage held by ISIS, the Jordanian pilot Muaz to Kasabeh.

Until yesterday, negotiations continued between the Jordanian government, the Japanese and the terrorists of the Islamic State, who

Confessed: Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi is shown opening her jacket and exposing an explosives belt as she confesses on Jordanian state-run television to her failed attempt to set off bombs inside one of the three Amman hotels targeted by al-Qaeda. Photo: AP

promised to free the hostages in exchange for Jordan liberating the Iraqi Al Rishawi, one of the most dangerous jihadist organization Islamic.

It was Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi’s husband who taught her how to put on a suicide belt and how to detonate it. He succeeded in their bloody mission that left 57 people dead – but she failed.

She and her husband, Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, strapped explosives to their bodies, strolled into the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman and sized up a packed ballroom.

“There was a wedding at the hotel with children, women and men inside. My husband and I went inside and he went to one corner and I went to another. My husband detonated (his bomb) and I tried to explode my belt, but it wouldn’t,” the 35 year old said on Jordan’s state-run TV hours after her arrest.

She was wearing a white head scarf and a black gown – she also had an explosives belt packed with ball-bearings strapped around her waist. Her voice was steady, but she was wringing her hands as she spoke.

When her husband noticed his wife struggling with her bomb’s primer cord, he pushed her out of the ballroom. Once she was out, he blew himself up.

Fifty-seven people died at the Radisson, Days Inn and Grand Hyatt hotels in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Jordan.

Junko Ishido (R) mother of Kenji Goto, speaks to reporters while her husband Yukio Ishido (L) stands beside her at their home in Tokyo on February 1, 2015. Japan said it was ‘outraged’ after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images


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