We express our strong indignation against the
video footage of the murder of Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto and
strongly denounce the contempt of human life by the so-called Islamic State. If the murder of Mr. Goto and the other Japanese hostage
is true, we extend our heartfelt condolences to their families.
Mr. Goto had reported on women and children
in the battlefield and conveyed hopes of peace through books and videos. As we
work in the same field of journalism, we vow to carry on Mr. Goto's spirit and
aim to establish peace and democracy around the world.
We feel strong indignation against the
criminal group, which repeatedly makes irrational demands, and its cowardly
practice of taking journalists and civilians hostage and brutally killing them.
The group announced it continues to target Japanese nationals, but we cannot
approve of terrorist acts or violence no matter what the ideology. We aim to contain
them in partnership with other members of the international community.
On the other hand, we must accept the fact
that Japan is perceived as an ally of both the United States and EU nations in
their battle against Islamic State. As the only nation to have suffered from atomic
devastation, Japan was once respected for denouncing war through Article 9 of
its Constitution. However, it no longer appears to be a pacifist nation since
it deployed the Self-Defense Forces to Iraq and as it intends to strengthen the
U.S.-Japan alliance. We will monitor the Japanese government's response to this
crisis while hoping it will not take advantage of outrage against terrorism as
an excuse to pursue overseas deployment of the SDF and the path toward remilitarization.