Worries grow about freelance Japanese journalist in Syria

FILE - In this April 17, 2004 file photo, Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, right, is escorted after being released at Umm Al-Qura mosque in Baghdad, Iraq. Worries are growing about the whereabouts of the freelance Japanese journalist, last heard from late June, 2015, in Syria. It is not known why Yasuda, who has been reporting on the Middle East since 2002, has not been in contact or if he has been taken captive in the war-torn nation. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)TOKYO (AP) — Worries are growing about the whereabouts of a freelance Japanese journalist, last heard from one month ago in war-torn Syria, where reporting assignments have become among the most precarious in the world.


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