Mika Yamamoto, veteran war correspondent for the Japan Press, killed in Syria covering civil war
News On Japan via nydailynews.com -- Aug 22
A Japanese journalist has been killed in Syria while covering the civil war there, Japan's government said Tuesday.
Mika Yamamoto, a veteran war correspondent with the Japan Press, an independent TV news provider that specializes in conflict zone coverage, was killed in Syria while reporting, said Masaru Sato, a spokesman with the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo
Yamamoto was with a colleague from Tokyo-based Japan Press when she was killed, Sato said. It wasn't clear when or where she died.
Her body has been transferred to Turkey, where Japanese consular officials were providing assistance, Sato said.
Yamamoto had reported from Afghanistan on the war there after 2001, and covered the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq from Baghdad as a special correspondent for NTV, according to Japan Press' website. She was born in 1967, it said.
A video posted on YouTube on Monday by an activist in Syria shows the dead body of an Asian woman inside a van wrapped in blankets with only her face showing.
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