BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – A Japanese journalist has been released from a jihadist prison in northern Syria after being held hostage for more than three years, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Tuesday that his government had been informed by the Qatari regime of a Japanese journalist’s release in Syria.
The Japanese Cabinet Secretary said that he believes the journalist to be Jumpei Yasuda, who was taken hostage by the jihadist rebels in northern Syria in June of 2015.
“Given various information, we believe that that the person is highly likely to be Mr Yasuda,” Mr Suga said, adding that the journalist’s wife had already been notified.
Yasuda was reportedly taken hostage by the hard-line group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.
The Japanese journalist has now been transferred from the Idlib Governorate to the Turkish city of Antakya.