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2004/4/30-5/1 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan] UID:13510 Activity:kinda low
4/30    Now do you still sympathize with the Japanese hostages?  They call
        their captors resistance fighters who acted in self-defense.
        http://tinyurl.com/39l6e        (yahoo AP)
        \_ Yes.
        \_ yes.  For all pratical purpose, their kidnap is just part of their
           resistance toward occupation.
        \_ Just because they're stupid doesn't mean I don't sympathize
           with them.  I know many stupid people.
        \_ This story is interesting.  Just reading your description, I
           thought, Stockholm syndrome, so what?  But the gist of it is that
           their captors didn't threaten them with death every day, like
           they did with the European hostages.  I can understand why the
           Japanese police didn't believe their stories:  these two guys
           are idiots, at least.
        \_ No, of course not.  If you stick your hand in a meat grinder, we
           all know you'll get your hand turned into hamburger.  If they got
           tortured and killed I might feel badly for their families.
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News (Apr 30, 2004) 45 Airline Pilot Dozes With Inspector Aboard AP via Yahoo! News (Apr 29, 2004) 46 Japan forced to confront widespread child abuse AFP via Yahoo! News (Apr 29, 2004) Opinion & Editorials 47 Russia gold-digging in Japan at Asia Times Online (Apr 29, 2004) 48 Why Japan went ballistic at Asia Times Online (Apr 29, 2004) Feature Articles 49 Japan's hostages tell how they came home to scorn and shame at The Independent (UK) (Apr 28, 2004) 50 Japan's Humble 'Ramen' Noodles Go Upscale AP via Yahoo! Still, two Japanese who were kidnapped in Iraq ( 64 news - 65 web sites) expressed sympathy for their captors Friday, calling them "soldiers" and "resistance" fighters in their first public comments since their release. A third ex-hostage, volunteer aid worker Nahoko Takato, 34, is recovering and did not attend the news conference. The two were reluctant, however, to comment on the harshness of their April 18 homecoming: Politicians, media and public opinion scorned the ex-hostages as irresponsible and reckless for going to Iraq against government warnings, and Tokyo billed them $7,000 each for return flights and other expenses. Imai left the news conference early because of stress, according to his legal representative. Afterward, Koriyama -- when pressed -- conceded he was surprised at the "fuss" over their experience. He added, however, that Japanese police questioned him about the kidnapping as though they didn't believe his version of events. In telling their story, the hostages said they were kidnapped April 9 at a gas station near Fallujah after taking a detour from the highway to Baghdad. About 550 soldiers are carrying out humanitarian projects in southeastern Iraq, Japan's largest military mission since World War II. Koizumi refused throughout the hostage crisis to withdraw troops, and relatives of the three hostages were widely criticized for urging him to bow to the kidnappers' demand. Despite the furor, Koriyama and Imai said they did not regret their actions. Story Tools Mail to Friend 68 Email Story Message Boards 69 Post/Read Msgs Printer Version 70 Print Story 71 Ratings: Would you recommend this story? Not at all 72 1 - 73 2 - 74 3 - 75 4 - 76 5 Highly IFRAME: 77 avg_ratings Tools Sponsored by: HP 78 Print better photos. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.