Freed Japanese Journalist Yasuda Apologizes, Shows Gratitude


Tokyo, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese freelance journalist Junpei Yasuda, who returned home last week after being freed from 40 months of militant captivity in Syria, expressed apologies and gratitude on Friday.

"I'd like to express my apology and deep gratitude to those who were worried about me and dedicated themselves for the release," Yasuda, 44, said at a press conference, the first since his arrival back in Japan.

"I'm deeply sorry that my actions involved the Japanese government in the affair," he added.

Eight days after his return, dressed in a black suit, white shirt and a navy blue tie, with his beard and hair neatly trimmed, Yasuda showed up at the press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo with more than 200 reporters in attendance.

After bowing in apology at the beginning, Yasuda gave details about events from his abduction through release, saying, "It's my responsibility to explain."

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