Japan Govt Touts Intelligence Unit over Release of Journalist

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Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has highlighted efforts by an intelligence unit reporting directly to the prime minister's office for the release of a Japanese journalist apparently kidnapped by militants in Syria in 2015.

The release of Junpei Yasuda, confirmed by the government Wednesday, was "the outcome achieved after the International Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Collection Unit played the leading role in seeking support from Qatar and Turkey," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference on the day.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "also earnestly requested the two countries (for support)," Suga added.

Abe told reporters earlier in the day that he was relieved to hear Yasuda's release, while expressing his gratitude for cooperation from Qatar and Turkey. "The government has been making every effort," he said.

The intelligence unit was launched in December 2015 ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

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