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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

February 1, 2015 (AM)

Ad hoc press conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary on the Japanese hostage in Syria

[Provisional Translation]

Opening Statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga

I will now conduct an ad hoc press conference. Earlier, a video circulated on the Internet appearing to show that Mr. Kenji Goto has been murdered.  I cannot help but feel even more intense indignation at the fact that this kind of utterly cruel and despicable act of terrorism occurred again.  I again resolutely condemn it.  I immediately instructed the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Crisis Management and the Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat to engage in a thoroughgoing response, including gathering information in cooperation with the relevant ministries and agencies.  I also intend to convene a Ministerial Council shortly.  That is all.
(No Q&A)

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