No mistake in Japan's handling of hostage crisis, report says

No mistake in Japan's handling of hostage crisis, report says
People stage a silent rally for Japanese hostage Kenji Goto called "Kenji, You will be alive in our memories" near the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on February 1, 2015. Some 200 people gathered the rally.

A committee investigating the government's handling of a hostage crisis in which two Japanese nationals were killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group has concluded that "it cannot be said that there was a mistake" in the government's efforts to have them freed.

The government released on Thursday the committee's report on a probe into the government's response to the hostage crisis. The committee is chaired by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kazuhiro Sugita.

The report also pointed out the necessity of fostering experts in information gathering and analysis, and of reviewing restrictions on travel to dangerous areas.

Based on the report, the government will strengthen a system to protect Japanese nationals overseas.

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