A video emerged on July 6 on Japan's Nippon News Network (NNN) website featuring Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was captured by terrorists in Syria in 2015. In the video, the journalist says that he "is fine" and expressed hope to return to his family "soon." He also urged his family not to "give up" or "forget" him. According to the journalist's words, the video was filmed in October 2017.
It is unclear whether the video was accompanied by another ransom demand, but the person who handed the video over to NNN said that Jumpei Yasuda's health had recently been deteriorating.
The Japanese journalist was kidnapped by Jabhat al-Nusra* militants in 2015, soon after he crossed Turkish-Syrian border. He came to Syria in order to highlight the civil war that has been ravaging the country. The militant group posted a ransom demand for his life, threatening to pass him on to Daesh* in case their demands were not met.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra (also known as Tahrir al-Sham) are terrorist organizations banned in Russia