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Japanese man reported captured by militants in Syria

Published on Aug 18, 2014 10:32 AM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan is looking into reports that a Japanese man has been captured by Islamist militants in Syria, but is not aware of any statement claiming responsibility or making a ransom demand, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"We are aware of such reports, and have set up a local task force in Jordan," a Foreign Ministry official said, but declined to comment on details.

A video clip posted on YouTube shows a man lying on the ground being questioned by unidentified persons and responding that he is Japanese and that his name is Haruna Yukawa. The name is the same as that of a chief executive of a self-described private mercenary and security firm.

No one answered the telephone at the Tokyo-based company.

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