In this April 17, 2004 file photo, Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, right, is escorted after being released at Umm Al-Qura mosque in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
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Worries are growing about the whereabouts of a freelance Japanese journalist, last heard from one month ago in war-torn Syria, where reporting assignments have become among the most precarious in the world.The four-year conflict in Syria has killed more than 220,000 people, and has been the scene of killings and kidnappings by ISIS militants, including that earlier this year of freelance Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, who ran his own security company.It is not known how many foreign and local journalists remain held in Syria, although the number is likely in the dozens.
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