Freed Japanese Journalist Yasuda Returns Home from Turkey


Narita, Chiba Pref., Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--Japanese freelance journalist Junpei Yasuda, who had been released from militant captivity in Syria recently, arrived at Narita International Airport near Tokyo on Thursday evening after leaving Turkey earlier in the day.

Yasuda, 44, told the media on the plane from Istanbul that he was happy to be headed home.

After 40 months of captivity, Yasuda had a reunion with his wife, Myu, at Narita airport. According to the wife, he looked thinner and weak, and had a sheepish smile when she hugged him.

Yasuda will hold a press conference at a later date, a lawyer who had worked for his release said. He is willing to explain what happened to him as much as possible, according to the wife.

About the reason why he claimed himself as a South Korean in a video released online earlier this year, he was quoted as saying that the false declaration had been made to keep secret the whereabouts of his captors.

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