An anti-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe protester attends a rally with a sign in front of Abe's official residence in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of ISIS had been killed.With attention focused on efforts to save the other hostage, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive for a more assertive Japan as responsible for the hostage crisis.A somber Abe appeared on public broadcaster NHK early Sunday demanding the militants release 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto unharmed. Abe declined to comment on the message in the video, which demanded a prisoner exchange for Goto, after an earlier demand by ISIS centered on a payment of $200 million in ransom.Abe said only that the government was still working on the situation and reiterated that Japan condemns terrorism.Demonstrator Kenji Kunitomi, 66, blamed Abe as bringing the hostage crisis on himself.ISIS addressed Abe and demanded the same amount of money as ransom for the two hostages in an earlier video.
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