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Books of Japanese Journalist Killed by IS Become National Bestsellers

© AFP 2022 / KAZUHIRO NOGIPeople stage a silent rally for Japanese hostage Kenji Goto called "Kenji, You will be alive in our memories"
People stage a silent rally for Japanese hostage Kenji Goto called Kenji, You will be alive in our memories - Sputnik International
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Kenji Goto's books were sold out in major Japanese bookstores, as well as online following the news of his death.

Four books penned by Kenji Goto, the freelance journalist from Japan beheaded by Islamic State militants, have become national bestsellers.

The books were sold out in major stores, as well as online following the news of Goto’s beheading. They are currently out of stock on Amazon.co.jp that marked them as bestseller #1.

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Chobunsha publishing house said that it would reprint Goto’s books following a spike in demand.

"We can only continue to tell stories that journalist Goto left behind. Our duty is to publish his books so that children would learn what he wanted to tell them," the publishing house said in a statement.

The Japanese journalist mainly covered the suffering of children in the war-torn countries of Africa and the Middle East.

Kenji Goto, abducted by Islamic State in October 2014, was executed last week. The most recent video released by IS militants shows the Japanese reporter kneeling in front of a masked man armed with a knife.

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