Silent protest in Tokyo, after IS said it beheaded hostage
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People gather in front of the Japanese Prime Minister's office in Tokyo to protest, after Islamic State militants say they have beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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At least 200 people gathered in front of the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo on Sunday (February 1) to hold a silent protest after Islamic State militants said they had beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released a video showing a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body.
The video was released exactly a week after footage appeared to show the beheaded body of another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa.
Holding posters reading, " We don't need force" and "Silent movement of sadness and protest in front of the prime minister's office" the crowd stood for about an hour to show their solidarity and grief for both Japanese nationals, Goto and Yukawa.
When Islamic State first threatened Goto, 47, and Yukawa, 42, two weeks ago, it justified its move by citing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pledge of $200 million in aid to countries battling the militant group.
Japanese coalition and opposition politicians have also expressed anger, but in a sign of a potential political split, the main opposition party questioned the wisdom of provoking Islamic State.
In a show of defiance, Abe on Sunday vowed to increase Japan's food, medicine and other humanitarian aid for the Middle East.
Islamic State had said Goto was held along with a Jordanian pilot.
Efforts to win their release had focused on the possible release in exchange of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber jailed in Jordan 10 years ago.
The video did not mention the pilot.
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