Abe Offers Support to Syria’s Opposition

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to send supplies to Syria’s opposition forces. It would be the first time for Japan to do so. He will announce the decision at the upcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

Syria’s civil war is expected to be one of the issues on the agenda at the G8 meeting starting next Monday.

Abe says Japan will provide the rebels with supplies such as vehicles and power generators.

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The Last Footage Filmed by Mika Yamamoto

Colleagues of the Japanese journalist shot dead in a gunfight between Syrian forces and rebels in Aleppo have released footage filmed by Mika Yamamoto just hours before she died.

Ms Yamamoto, a 45-year-old award-winning journalist working for the Tokyo-based independent news agency, Japan Press, was fatally wounded while travelling with the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo. She became the first Japanese national killed in the 17-month conflict.

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