Japanese Journalist Yasuda Leaves Turkey for Home

Society

Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--Japanese freelance journalist Junpei Yasuda, who was released from militant captivity in Syria, left Turkey on Thursday for Japan.

Yasuda, 44, is scheduled to arrive at Narita International Airport near Tokyo in the evening on the same day.

He told the media on the plane from Istanbul that he was happy to be headed home.

On Wednesday evening, Yasuda left an immigration facility in Antakya in Hatay province, southern Turkey, where he was put under protective custody after being freed from 40 months of captivity.

The journalist arrived at an airport in Hatay by car. He walked toward the departure lobby, with officials of the Turkish authorities supporting him by holding his arms.

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