In the past week the Islamic State in the Middle East beheaded two Japanese men. One a very well known journalist (we see a pattern eh?), Kenji Goto, while trying to secure the release of the other; Haruna Yukawa, a man with no more hope left in the world; a widower who went to the Middle East to give some meaning to his life.
The Japanese government tried to negotiate the release of Goto after Yukawa’s beheading through Jordan, which also had interest in the matter. Goto has set to be release on Thursday in exchange for an Iraqi militant held hostage in Jordan. The deal fell through when Jordan requested that a Jordanian pilot be released along with Goto for the same price: one Iraqi militant.
Shortly after ISIS announced Goto had 24 hours to live and the Jordanian pilot “even less”. Goto’s beheading video was released two days ago and it yet to be officially verified but Japanese officials believe it to be authentic.
This has also raised questions about Japan’s role in the world. The humanitarian act isn’t working anymore so the debate has been raised: “should we strengthen our military?”. This topic is set to be discussed in parliament this month. For now, Japan’s Prime Minister Abu will be advocating his ideal of casting off pacifist principles and taking a stand in the world.