In a video posted online Tuesday afternoon, Japanese war correspondent Kenji Goto appeared with a message to the Japanese government, Xinhua news agency reported.

Goto asked the Japanese government to place pressure on Jordan to hand over Sajida Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a terror attack on three hotels in Amman in 2005 that killed 60 people. She failed to detonate an explosive belt she was wearing and was later arrested.

Rishawi has close ties with Abu Musab Zarqawi, former leader of the Al Qaeda cell in Iraq.

According to the unverified video, Japanese hostage also said IS would only release him if Sajida was released by Jordan. If Sajida is not released in 24 hours, the IS will kill Goto and the Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh who was captured by the group after his plane crashed last month in Syria.

Meanwhile, according to an earlier report from Tokyo, the Japanese government on Tuesday remained fairly tight-lipped over developments regarding Goto with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and senior officials declining to comment on speculation that it is in talks with the Jordanian government over a possible prisoner swap.

Both Abe and his top spokesperson, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, have towed the official line, Suga telling reporters Tuesday that the government believed Goto was still alive and was seeking the cooperation of Jordan and other relevant governments, religious and tribal leaders to secure his release at the earliest.

Abe, for his part, in a briefing with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida earlier on Tuesday, was updated on progress made by officials in Amman, where an emergency headquarters has been established to deal with the situation, Xinhua news agency reported.

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