Christian Japanese Man Being Held By ISIS Risked Life to Save Friend Now Beheaded

GotoOne of the Japanese men who was seen in an online video this week, as the Islamic group ISIS threatened to kill him and another captured Japanese citizen, had reportedly traveled to Syria in order to try to save his friend—who has now been beheaded.

Kenji Goto, 47, who became a Christian in 1997, had told reporters last year that he felt compelled to do what he could to help rescue Haruna Yukawa, 42, after he was abducted in August near the city of Aleppo. Yukawa had been through a number of difficult life situations, including bankruptcy, his wife’s cancer diagnosis and a suicide attempt, and thought that perhaps becoming a military contractor would change his life for the better.

After learning that Yukawa had been captured by Islamic insurgents, Goto left Japan in October and eventually made his way into the ISIS-seized city of Raqqa.

“I need to go there at least once and see my fixers (freelance journalist connections) and ask them what the current situation is,” Goto told Reuters. “I need to talk to them face to face. I think that’s necessary.”

The seasoned journalist said that he believed he wasn’t as high risk as those from other countries.

“He said that as a Japanese journalist he expected to be treated differently than American or British journalists,” friend Toshi Maeda explained to reporters. “Japan has not participated in bombing and has only provided humanitarian aid. For that reason, he thought he could secure the co-operation of ISIS.”

But just before the end of the month, days before he planned to return back home, Goto went missing. He hasn’t been seen until this week when he was shown in the video with Yukawa and a member of ISIS, who has been nicknamed by the media as “Jihadi John.” The two were dressed in orange jumpsuits and had their hands either chained or tied behind their backs.

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ISIS threatened to kill the men if they were not provided with a $200 million ransom by Friday.

On Saturday, a second video appeared, which featured Goto holding what is believed to be a photograph of Yukawa’s dead body.

“They no longer want money,” he stated somberly. “So, you don’t need to worry about funding terrorists. They are just demanding the release of their imprisoned sister, Sajida al-Rishawi.”

The woman cited had been convicted in 2006 for her participation in the 2005 bomb attacks on hotels in Amman, Jordan. She was to have served as a suicide bomber, but her vest failed to detonate.

Reports state that Goto is now being used as a “bargaining chip” by Islamists as indicated by the new video footage.

“You bring them their sister from the Jordanian regime, and I will be released immediately. Me for her,” he explains. “Don’t let these be my last words you ever hear. Don’t let [Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe also kill me.”

Leaders from around the world have expressed outrage at the reports of Yukawa’s death and are calling for Goto’s safe release.

“This action is an unforgivable act of violence that leaves us at a loss for words, and we condemn it,” Japanese government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said in a statement. “We strongly urge that the remaining hostage, Mr. Goto, not be harmed and be immediately released.”


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  • Fundisi

    You cannot make deals with the Devil,. Goto was very courageous and I pray he will be set free, but when you confront such evil, you are always at risk evil will destroy your mortal life.

  • Galaxy Cat

    ISIS, how can an Order of God be established by Acts of Shaitan?

    • Michael Servetus

      Because their god is really satan. It was satan that appeared to Mohammed pretending to be a angel of revelation

      Bukhari:V4B52N270-271 “The Prophet said, ‘Who is ready to kill Ashraf? [Context note: Ashraf was a Jewish poet who wrote some things against Muhammad.] He has said injurious things about Allah and His Apostle.’ Maslama got up saying, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like me to kill him?’ The Prophet replied, ‘Yes.’ Maslama said, ‘Then allow me to say what I like [i.e., lie].’ Muhammad said, ‘I allow you.’

      Tabari 7:94 “Ashraf suspected no evil when Maslama cried, ‘Smite the enemy of Allah!’ So they smote him, and their swords clashed over him. Maslama said, ‘I remembered my dagger and I seized it. I thrust it into the lower part of his body. I bore down upon it until I reached his genitals. Allah’s enemy fell to the ground.’ ”
      Ishaq:368 “We carried his head back to Muhammad during the night, saluted the Prophet as he stood praying, and cast Ashraf’s head before his feet. The Prophet praised Allah that the poet had been slain, and complimented us on the good work we had done in Allah’s Cause. Our attack upon Allah’s enemy cast terror among the Jews, and there was no Jew in Medina who did not fear for his life.’ ”

      Ishaq:369 “Thereupon Mas’ud leapt upon Sunayna, one of the Jewish merchants with whom his family had social and commercial relations and killed him. The Muslim’s brother complained, saying, ‘Why did you kill him? You have much fat in you belly from his charity.’ Mas’ud answered, ‘By Allah, had Muhammad ordered me to murder you, my brother, I would have cut off your head.’ Wherein the brother said, ‘Any religion that can bring you to this is indeed wonderful!’ ”

      Ishaq:368 “We carried his head back to Muhammad during the night, saluted the Prophet as he stood praying, and cast Ashraf’s head before his feet. The Prophet praised Allah that the poet had been slain, and complimented us on the good work we had done in Allah’s Cause. Our attack upon Allah’s enemy cast terror among the Jews, and there was no Jew in Medina who did not fear for his life.’ ”

      Tabari 7:97 “The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, ‘Kill any Jew who falls under your power.’”

    • Tommy Ferrugia

      That presumes, of course, that the bible was REALLY composed of messages from an omnipotent space city that it telepathically dictated into the brains of random Middle Eastern deser nomads over 2000 yeRsago. It also requires the belief that this deity was completely incorrect in its explanations about astronomy, biology and geology.

      Since none of that can be proven, there is no reason to think it’s true. More likely the guys just made it all up – like any other work of fiction

  • Kim Rdrd

    Quran 3:55 [Mention] when Allah said, “O
    Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and
    purify you from those who disbelieve and make THOSE WHO FOLLOW YOU (CHRISTIANS) [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who
    disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection.
    Quran 3:48 And God will teach Jesus writing and wisdom and the Torah (the first five books of the Holy Bible) and the Gospel (the good news of the coming Kingdom).
    —-Christians only believe in one God. Why don’t Christians use these verses on papers dropped or delivered to Terrorists and the rest of the world?
    Quran 109:7 For you is your religion, and for me is my religion. (FREEDOM OF RELIGION) —– ? ? ? ?