Japanese reporter missing in Syria in video appeal for help

Japanese reporter missing in Syria in video appeal for help

The Japanese government says it believes a video posted on Facebook is of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda who is missing in Syria.

Nothing has been heard from Mr Yasuda, 42 years old, since he disappeared after entering northern Syria in July last year.

In the video he appears to say Japan's government has ignored his plight.

Japanese media say a Syrian man in Turkey told them he posted the video and that Mr Yasuda was being held by the jihadist group al-Nusra Front.

The group, al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, has killed foreign hostages before, but also released some in return for a ransom or as part of a prisoner exchange.