‘Government Warned Goto Over Syria Trip’ Reveals Politician

MOFA warned Goto not to travel to Syria reveals government

Journalist Goto Kenji

As Japan mourns the tragic deaths of Yukawa Haruna and Goto Kenji at the hands of ISIS, a member of the Japanese government revealed that the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) had made three attempts to prevent Goto from traveling to Syria in autumn last year.

When MOFA realized Goto’s intentions, they apparently made several telephone calls and set up a direct meeting with the journalist advising him not to go ahead with his travel plans. Seko Hiroshige, the government minister who revealed the attempts to stop Goto, further added that the government was responsible for not being able to protect Goto from harm.

But 2ch netizens take a much harder line, claiming that it was Goto who was responsible for his own fate.

From Mainichi Shimbun:

Goto Kenji: “Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Requested A Total Of Three Times That He Cancel Trip To Syria” Says Seko

On January 2, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko Hiroshige revealed on a BS Fuji TV program that between September and October last year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) requested a total three times that Goto Kenji cancel his trip to Syria. Goto is assumed to have been killed by the Islamic extremist organization “Islamic State” (ISIS).

According to a government spokesperson, when MOFA caught wind of Goto’s travel plans, they telephoned him twice and met directly with him once, to request that he cancel his trip. However, after Goto entered Syria in late October, he went missing. Seko stated with regard to this that “The government takes responsibility for not being able to save his life. It is not helpful to say that it was Goto’s own responsibility”. [Takahashi Katsuya]

Comments from 2ch.net:


Yeeaaah, so it was his own responsibility.


Rather than it being his own fault, it was selfish, egotistical.


Far from being heroic, he was unpatriotic.


They should have stopped him even if it meant killing him.

ボ ラギノール(家)@\(^o^)/:

You know, I bow to him for thinking that journalism is a vocation, and for risking his life to do what he did.
He was prepared to be captured.
It’s just all really regrettable.


Nah, nah, he caused massive bother for Japan, which is now involved in all this, and especially for Jordan, too.
Can’t help but wonder why he went into the tiger’s cage.


Umm, I don’t really get why in the last sentence Seko says this was the government’s responsibility. Can someone tell me why it was?

ドラゴンスクリュー(禿)@\(^o^)/: [in response to above]

Yeah, I can tell you why. Because if someone from the government said that it was Goto’s own fault, then there’d be a sure-fire resignation coming.


Even though he’d just had a child, why did he go at such a time?
I want someone to give me details on that.


Wasn’t it that it was his ambition to be killed?


Because of this guy’s selfishness,
he’s caused a nuisance for Japan’s diplomacy, and wasted our tax money.
They should sue him for damages.


That’s a region where there is a high possibility that you’ll get killed if you go there, but I guess you go there because you wanna get rich quick.


Well, under the law they couldn’t have forcibly stopped him from going.
Seldom you see a situation where the words “self-responsibility” are more fitting.


None of this is the government’s responsibility, MOFA did its job.


Goto wasn’t all that different from Yukawa at the end of the day.


Seriously, this was his own fault.
Fools gonna die.

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