Japan’s ISIS Hostage Crisis

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The Islamic extremist group ISIS has said it will kill two Japanese captives if Japan doesn’t pay a $200 million ransom by Friday. ISIS released a video of the two hostages kneeling down in orange jumpsuits, with a masked militant waving a knife around them, demanding the money. The eerie images are similar to other videos released by the group before the executions of four Western hostages last year. How are the Japanese public and government reacting?

Credits

Guest:
Roland Kelts - author and journalist - @rolandkelts

Host:
Barbara Bogaev

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott