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Hostage Crisis Could Divide Japan Over Plans to Boost Military

The Islamic State group’s apparent beheading of one Japanese hostage and its threat to kill a second are stark reminders to Tokyo that its increasing diplomatic profile and close friendship with the United States make it a target for terrorists. The hostage crisis could likely further polarize Japanese opinion over Tokyo’s plan to play a more active role in global security. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the government is working closely with the Jordanian...

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