A Japanese national flag flies at half-mast to mourn Japanese hostage victims captured by ISIS militants at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff Monday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed by ISIS.Abe said his announcement of $200 million in non-military aid for the fight against ISIS, made during a visit to the Middle East just days before the militants demanded a $200 million ransom for the two hostages, was meant to convey Japan's strong commitment to battling terrorism and fostering peace and stability in the region.Abe said he did not see an increased terrorist risk following threats in a purported ISIS video that vowed to target Japanese and make the knife Goto's killer was wielding Japan's "nightmare".
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