In recent times, the ISIS terrorist group have released gruesome videos showing the beheading of men dressed in orange jumpsuits by masked men. In the latest video posted by the group on social media on Tuesday, another masked man gives the Japanese government an ultimatum to pay a ransom of $200 million within 3 days (technically by Friday) in order to set the two Japanese hostages free, which equates to the same amount of money recently pledged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for those “contending” with ISIS .
However, if the Japan’s government severe its alliance with the Islamic State fighting ISIS, this may change the swing of events. Although, Tokyo has not participated in airstrikes against the Islamist extremist group, but its leaders have supported those who have, including the Iraqi government.
The masked man on the video posted on Tuesday also said while addressing his comments to Abe: “Although you are more than 8,500 kilometers away from the Islamic State, you willingly volunteered to take part in this crusade.”