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Turkey worked for release of Japanese reporter after Abe's meeting

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yeah sure we're all really happy that he was released and will be okay but don't forget because of the choices he made a known terrorist group received millions of dollars in financing and many more people will die because of it

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Thank-you Turkey, THANK YOU!! Turkey and Japan have been friends since 1890, when Japanese in Wakayama rescued sailors on a sinking Turkish ship. This move by Turkey to help free Yasuda-san shows how thankful to Japanese they are. Similar people, Same heart.

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With all the good news about the release of the captive journalist, it seems no one has mentioned how the release transpired. I am assuming the silence means that it was paid off?

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somebody mentioned in a different thread that the country of Qatar I think paid over 3 million dollars for his release in exchange for diplomatic favors from Japan

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somebody mentioned in a different thread that the country of Qatar I think paid over 3 million dollars for his release in exchange for diplomatic favors from Japan

But was there ever actually anything in reality to support that comment? It may be true, but repeating a comment from another thread, if that original comment wasn't even supported, is where fake news comes from.

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Well, a quick Giggle reveals a raft of Japanese sites reporting the 'secret' 3 million dollar Qatar role, but it could all be Chinese whispers.

https://search.yahoo.co.jp/search;_ylt=A2RhYkcp9.Bb1D4Acr6JBtF7?p=Qatar+%E8%BA%AB%E4%BB%A3%E9%87%91&search.x=1&fr=top_ga1_sa&tid=top_ga1_sa&ei=UTF-8&aq=-1&oq=qatar+%E8%BA%AB%E4%BB%A3%E9%87%91&at=&aa=&ai=5eWe7AEVRkC_aG9BZKXTIA&ts=10662

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Asahi's Aera Magazine has a fairly balanced write-up on this, and their final paragraph says essentially that Qatar seems to have paid but only time will tell what really happened. But expect Japan to show their gratitude to Turkey and Qatar in other ways, it adds.

https://dot.asahi.com/wa/2018102400034.html?page=2

「今回はカタールが支払ったというんだから、それでいいじゃないか。トルコとカタールが良好な関係。そして、安倍首相はじめ日本と両国もいい関係にあることが無事解放の一番の理由だ。今度は日本が何かの時に形をかえて、カタールやトルコにお礼をすればいい。杓子定規に払っちゃいけないとやると助かる命も助からない。そこは阿吽の呼吸、“密約”を結んでやったんでしょう。まあ、何十年かして、歴史が振り返られるようになった時に真相がわかるんじゃないか。

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Aw common, dont just down-vote a comment without providing verifiable counter-argument. There might be no verifiable proof that the release was paid off - BUT please show any proof that it was not.

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Asahi's Aera Magazine has a fairly balanced write-up on this, and their final paragraph says essentially that Qatar seems to have paid but only time will tell what really happened. But expect Japan to show their gratitude to Turkey and Qatar in other ways, it adds.

Thanks. It's important that we ensure that we repeat things that are confirmed, or at least are transparent as to the possible degree of their accuracy. Rumors and fake news get started by the well-intentioned repeating things that are incorrect.

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Very well done by PM Abe to go over the top to save the country's citizens, whereas most other nations wouldn't even acknowledge they had lost someone

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There is no mention in this article that the USA funds or supplies these terror groups.

http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=68912&dir=2017/may/18

just one link of many. Don’t trust any media.

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Cavusoglu said no ransom was paid by Turkey or Japan before journalist Jumpei Yasuda was released in October.

They just admitted a ransom was paid! If they had said "no ransom was paid" it would be another story. Clearly a 3rd party paid the money on behalf of Japan.

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So how much did they get paid for this good deed?

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It is pretty obvious Turkey paid the random. They really wanted to do this favor for Japan and be close with Tokyo. Why else would the terrorists release him...

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Ransom was paid!

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/syrian-militants-free-japanese-journalist-junpei-yasuda-for-3m-ransom-l8vhdk22z

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Oh dear, gogogo, you have posted the same link that I posted here last time this discussion came up. And as I said then, even though this is The Times of London, that does not guarantee it’s the truth. The article merely quotes the Syrian Observatory, the same source as all the other Giggled articles above; we have moved no closer to establishing whether the Observatory’s source is/was reliable.

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nandakandamanda: how bouts you Google it and see many other sites are also reporting it.

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gogogo, I already did. See 11:10 on Nov 6th above.

They might all be right, but I could not find one that had an independent source, i.e. apart from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. This is not to say that I do not trust the Observatory, and actually their track record has been surprisingly good, and what they report might indeed be true, but it is always safer to keep looking behind the scenes.

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