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New photo of hostage appears with message pleading for help

By Agencies in Tokyo ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-05-31 08:24:20

The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the internet.

The photograph, apparently uploaded to the internet late on Sunday, showed a bearded man dressed in orange holding a handwritten sign in Japanese.

"Please help me. This is my last chance," said the sign, written in shaky characters and signed "Jumpei Yasuda".

New photo of hostage appears with message pleading for help

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