Jumpei Yasuda speaks from Turkey after 40-month hostage ordeal
A eastern freelance journalist who went missing 3 years ago in Syria has stated he’s secure and nicely in Turkey after being released by way of his captors.
Jumpei Yasuda spoke in brief videotaped feedback in English carried online on Wednesday by the japanese broadcaster NHK. He stated he became now safe after being held for forty months.
Yasuda has been at an immigration centre in southern Turkey close to the border with Syria when you consider that he became freed on Tuesday. Japanese embassy officers had met Yasuda at the centre, stated Japan’s foreign minister, Taro Kono.
The japanese high minister, Shinzo Abe, thanked the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in a smartphone name on Wednesday for the “rescue” and secure arrival in Turkey of Yasuda, a Turkish presidential supply said.
Yasuda began reporting at the middle East within the early 2000s. He was taken hostage in Iraq in 2004 with three other japanese nationals and was later freed after Islamic clerics negotiated his release.
In 2015 he went to Syria to document at the dying of his pal Kenji Goto, a journalist who turned into taken hostage and killed by Islamic nation.
Touch was misplaced with Yasuda after he despatched a message to another japanese freelancer on 23 June 2015. In his closing tweet two days in advance, he stated his reporting changed into often obstructed and that he might prevent tweeting his whereabouts and activities.
Several films displaying a person believed to be Yasuda have been launched in the past 12 months.