In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Yasuhide Nakayama, a Japanese deputy foreign minister, talks to media in Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
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A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by ISIS.Japanese officials refused direct comment on the contents of the talks in Jordan, where Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama is coordinating regional efforts to save hostage Kenji Goto. ISIS said in an online video on Jan. 20 that it had two Japanese hostages and would kill them within 72 hours unless Japan paid it $200 million -- the same amount Tokyo recently pledged in aid to nations fighting the militants. Asked if the latest demand makes the situation more complex, chief Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga avoided a straight answer.In Amman, Jordan, Deputy Foreign Minister Nakayama emerged from meetings with no fresh progress to report.
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