Japanese student suspected of trying to join Islamic State in Syria
A Japanese student was allegedly trying to leave the country to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Local media reported that the police questioned a 26-year-old man, who had taken a leave of absence from Hokkaido University, about his plans to go to Syria to be a fighter for Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
The police reportedly confiscated the student's passport. Additionally, they were also said to have questioned a person who is related to a Tokyo book store where an ad for a job in Syria was posted.
Former Japanese air force chief Toshio Tamogami last month quoted a senior Israeli government official as saying that nine Japanese nationals had joined ISIS.
About 1,000 recruits from various countries may have joined ISIS to fight in Syria or Iraq, said the head of the US Armed Forces' Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear.