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Japan Airport Security Tight after Latest Beheading

02-02-2015
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Japan has heightened security at airports and at facilities overseas after ISIS beheaded its second Japanese hostage this weekend.

Journalist Kenji Goto was also Christian. He had left for Syria in late October, following the birth of his youngest daughter.

Reacting to the news of his death, Goto's wife said she is devastated but proud of her husband.

"I remain extremely proud of my husband, who reported the plight of people in conflict areas like Iraq, Somalia, and Syria," Rinko Jogo said.

Meanwhile, the flag at Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence is being flown at half-staff in a display of mourning for Goto and the other Japanese hostage who was killed by the Islamic terror group.

Abe is also defending his policy toward terrorism.

He faced criticism for announcing plans to give $200 million in non-military aid to fight against ISIS.

That pledge came while he was visiting the Middle East and just days after the jihadists demanded a $200 million ransom for the two hostages.

"As international society seeks to restore peace and stability in the Middle East, I thought it would be the most appropriate destination to visit and that I should broadcast my message to the world from there," Abe explained.

"I thought announcing Japan's contribution to fulfill its responsibility would contribute to the international community's effort to fight against terrorism and prevent its expansion," he said.

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