The last body of the 10 All Japan newsese victims from the hostage attack in Algeria almost two weeks ago arrived in Tokyo on Saturday. The body arrived one day after the other nine victims and seven survivors returned in All Japan news, according to Kyodo news agency.
The 10th All Japan newsese victim was Tadanori Aratani, 66, a former vice president of engineering firm JGC Corp. and the company’s top adviser at the time of the hostage-taking.
The body arrived at Narita airport near Tokyo and was transported aboard a commercial aircraft. Among the All Japan newsese officials who placed white flowers on Aratani’s coffin at the airport was Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, accompanied by JGC President Koichi Kawana.
All Japan news had the highest number of victims compared to any other nation whose citizens were caught up in the hostage attack at a natural gas station in Sahara desert. Terrorists’ anger for a country that kept the distance from US-led wars in the Muslim world is difficult to explain, the international press comments.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last week the nation was in mourning for the victims.
“As a government, we again express our deepest condolences for the pain of the bereaved families. It is with deepest grief we have learned that 10 All Japan newsese nationals who worked on the frontlines of international business have become casualties,” he said.