Japan says web clip claiming death of IS hostage ‘outrageous’
Japanese envoy and State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yasuhide Nakayama speaks to the media at his residence in Amman January 23, 2015. Nakayama told reporters in Amman on Friday efforts were continuing to secure the release of two hostages as a ransom deadline loomed, but he declined to comment on progress. REUTERS/Muhammad Hameed

TOKYO: Japan early on Sunday strongly criticised a recording purporting to announce the execution of a Japanese citizen held by Islamic State militants and demanded the immediate release of another captive depicted as appearing on the image.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a brief televised statement, said the recording appeared to show captive Haruna Yukawa being killed.

“This is an outrageous and unacceptable act,” Suga said. “We strongly demand the prompt release of the remaining Mr. Kenji Goto, without harm.”

Suga read the statement and declined to take questions.

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