★★☆Hostage Crisis Could Divide Japan over Military Plan

2015年01月29日 ★★☆, In the News, VOA, 未分類.

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  1. militant /ˈmɪlətənt/ (n.)
  2. someone active in trying to cause political change, often by the use of force or violence

  3. threaten /ˈθrɛtn̩/ (v.)
  4. to say that you will harm someone or do something unpleasant or unwanted especially in order to make someone do what you want

  5. hostage /ˈhɑːstɪʤ/ (n.)
  6. a person captured and held as a guarantee that a demand or promise will be honored

  7. displaced /dɪˈspleɪs/ (adj.)
  8. to make someone or something leave their usual place or position

  9. target /ˈtɑɚgət/ (n.)
  10. a belief based on one’s own ideas and thinking


    Hostage Crisis Could Divide Japan over Military Plan

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    (1) The Islamic State militant group reportedly executed a hostage from Japan last week. The group is now threatening to kill a second Japanese hostage.

    (2) The incidents have shown Japan that its recent diplomatic activity and close friendship with the United States are making it a target for terrorists.

    (3) The hostage crisis could likely divide Japanese public opinion over the government’s plan to become more active in international security.

    (4) A top Japanese official said Monday that the government is working closely with Jordan to win the release of war reporter Kenji Goto. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said human life remains the top concern of the government. He also said Japan has not had any direct contact with the Islamic State group.

    (5) The militants earlier claimed to have executed Haruna Yukawa, a security contract worker. The group had said it would release the two Japanese if Japan made a payment of $200 million. The Islamic State set a 72-hour time limit for the payment. The deadline was January 23.

    (6) A new video appeared on the Internet Sunday. The video reportedly includes a voice said to be that of Kenji Goto. The speaker said the militants have dropped their demand for money and will free him in exchange for an Iraqi woman held in Jordan. Sajida al-Rishawi was arrested in 2005 for attempting a suicide bombing in Amman.

    (7) The hostage crisis comes at a time when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to play a more active part in world security.

    (8) The $200 million payment demand was the same amount of money the Japanese leader promised in non-military aid for refugees in the Middle East. He wanted the aid to go to people displaced by the Islamic State. The group controls large parts of Iraq and Syria.

    (9) Mr. Abe is also seeking to amend Japan’s constitution. He wants the constitution to let the Japanese military protect the country’s citizens and defend its allies.

    (10) “On the one hand, the government would make the argument that this is the reason why we need to be more proactive in taking part in the war on terror. But a large number of the Japanese remain unconvinced that that is actually the case.”

    (11) Professor Nakano said that opinion surveys have found Mr. Abe has strong support during the hostage crisis. But he said some Japanese believe the country faces greater risk because of its expanded military and diplomatic activity.


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    1. Do you worry about terrorism? What makes you worry about it?
    2. If a country repeatedly kills innocent civilians while trying to kill terrorists, does that country take part in terrorism?
    3. What are the steps that Japanese government should do to protect their citizens from terrorists?
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