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Mother makes emotional appeal to Japanese prime minister to save son as death threat looms

  • This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed. (AP Photo)

    This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Junko Ishido, the mother of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto held by Islamic State group, reacts during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Ishido appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Junko Ishido, the mother of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto held by Islamic State group, reacts during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Ishido appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a meeting on the hostage crisis, at his official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Japanese officials were tightlipped Wednesday as secret talks in Jordan sought to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a meeting on the hostage crisis, at his official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Japanese officials were tightlipped Wednesday as secret talks in Jordan sought to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists has appealed publicly to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat.

Junko Ishido, mother of journalist Kenji Goto, read to reporters her plea to Abe to "Please save Kenji," which she said she sent earlier Wednesday.

She begged Abe to work with the Jordanian government to try to save Goto, saying "Kenji has only a little time left."