This combo of pictures circulated on social media show Japanese video journalist Kenji Goto, left, and Haruna Yukawa.
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The other is a man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters.Yukawa, 42, set up a company a year ago offering security services in conflict areas after running an online business selling military-related items.The outfit's website says it provides security services for Japanese nationals overseas, but the company isn't functioning.The two men then returned to Japan – and were separately in and out of Syria.He also worked with U.N. organizations including UNICEF and the U.N. refugee agency.He was not a war reporter interested in bloody conflict, said a friend, Toshi Maeda, also a journalist.Goto was very persistent about the visit, saying he wanted to go to Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria, possibly to film U.S. airstrikes in the area, Maeda said. He said nothing about looking for the captured Yukawa, Maeda said, but now wonders if his friend did try to find Yukawa while he was in the area as reported by some Japanese media – and was captured in the process.
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