ISIS or ISIL beheading of a Japanese hostage is an act against humanity. Historical justifications have no merit; one human being should not treat another human being as ISIS or ISIL has with its Japanese victims. There simply is no excuse.
Given these facts, however, the failure of Abe’s foreign policy cannot be denied during the hostage crisis. The Japanese government hid the kidnapping from Japanese citizens for months. The Tokyo regime had knew that one of the Japanese citizens (i.e., Yukawa Haruna) was kidnapped ISIS extremist as early as July 28, 2014. On October 25, freelance journalist Goto Kenji departed for Raqqua, Syria to rescue Yukawa. By December 2014, the initial ransom (about 1 billion Japanese yen) was requested by ISIS in an email to Goto’s wife, Rinko, who reported the ransom to the Japanese police. Thus, Abe’s regime must have known of the hostage situation by December 2014 at the latest. However, the Japanese government decided to cover up this issue because Abe wanted to win the lower house election in December. If the hostage situation became public knowledge, the LDP might not have won the majority of seats in the lower house election in December 2014. It was not until January 20, 2015 when ISIS uploaded a video showing two Japanese hostages, wearing orange suits, bent on their knees in front of camera to the world that the Japanese public learned of the situation. By now, the Abe regime had to admit the Japanese hostage situation to the Japanese people. Why did Abe’s regime cover up the hostage case since 2014?
Source: Huffington Post, accessed on February 22, 2015).
On reason is that the Abe’s regime cared less for the Japanese hostage issue than Abe’s own political agenda. Although Japanese taxpayers have feed Japanese politicians for decades, politicians cannot even protect Japanese citizens. Under a democratic society, it is the Japanese politicians’ responsibility to protect the Japanese citizens (Livedoor News, January 30, 2015). If both French, Italian, or German governments can get their citizens released, why can’t the Japanese government. Instead, prime minister Abe Shinzo made an ill-timed announcement of $200 million in humanitarian aid to those displaced by conflict with the Islamic State group in his first stop of a Middle East trip -- Egypt. Abe’s announcement provoked ISIS into demanding $200 million within 72 hours from the Japanese government (Japan Times, January 29, 2015). Abe’s insensitivities on this issue demonstrated the extent to which Japanese politicians care less about these two citizens well-being rather their own political agenda even though the Japanese government repeatedly reported its attempt to negotiate for the hostages release through Jordan. Abe’s announcement during this sensitive period makes little sense when considering the issue at hand.
The Japanese government’s actions since the killing of the hostage will likely demonstrate more of the same. Abe will use the tragedy of hostage crisis “to push for much more in terms of bolstering Japan’s military capabilities and lifting constitutional constraints, perhaps even arguing for special commando forces that could mount a rescue operation in the future” (Japan Times, February 1, 2015) by the SDF. Why did Abe’s regime prioritize its own political agenda than rescue two Japanese hostages? Is human life is less important than personal political agenda?