Prime minister: Japan won't succumb to terrorism
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, says Japan will not succumb to terrorism and will continue to cooperate with the international community in the fight against it.
The prime minister spoke after an online posting claimed that one of two Japanese hostages has been killed and demanded a prisoner exchange for the other. The posting hasn't been authenticated. Abe says Japan is taking every possible step to win the release of both hostages and will continue the effort.
The White House National Security Council says U.S. intelligence officials are trying to determine whether the posting is authentic.
The post comes four days after the Islamic State group had threatened to behead the hostages within 72 hours unless it received a $200 million ransom.