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Kishida, diplomats hold emergency meeting on Goto

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Japan's foreign minister and senior ministry officials have held an emergency meeting to discuss securing the release of a Japanese freelance journalist held captive by Islamic State militants.

At the meeting on Monday, Fumio Kishida, Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki and other officials analyzed information related to the kidnapping of Kenji Goto and discussed how to secure his release.

Earlier in the day, Kishida told reporters that the government is doing all it can to win the hostage's release.

He referred to an online photograph showing what appears to be the killing of a second Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa.

Kishida declined to comment on whether the government was aware of the photo's existence before it was posted on the Internet.

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