People gather to mourn two Japanese hostages, Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, who were killed by ISIS, in Tokyo, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Tokyo defended Monday its confiscation of the passport of a Japanese journalist planning to travel to Syria, as the country reels from the execution of two citizens by Islamist extremists.However, the crisis appears to have done little to dent the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which inched up 1.4 points to 54.2 percent in a national poll taken Friday and Saturday by Kyodo News.Some 60.8 percent of those questioned said they supported the government's handling of the hostage crisis. The Japanese government had sought help from Jordan to rescue the two Japanese hostages, who were shown in a video released by the militant group late January with a demand for a $200 million ransom.
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