Mika Yamamoto, an award-winning veteran journalist who was killed Monday during fighting in Aleppo in northern Syria, had a reputation of being a tough and careful reporter, according to her peers.
Yamamoto was known for her coverage of conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Uganda, and was a leading video journalist in Japan.
"She was a veteran. She could cover anything," said freelance journalist Takeharu Watai, 41, who has also reported from conflict zones. "She was careful in doing her coverage. I can't believe (she has died)."
Jiro Ishimaru of the journalist group Asia Press said: "She wasn't a reckless type. (Her death) could mean that the Syrian clash was so fierce that even she could not have avoided the accident."
The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans. (army.mil )
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