Buddhist monks chant a mantra while beating drums in memory of two Japanese hostages, Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, killed by the Islamic State group, in front of the prime minister's Official residence in Tokyo Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. In a statement issued through the British-based journalist group Rory Peck Trust, Rinko Jogo, the wife of Japanese journalist Goto, requested privacy for her family as they deal with their loss, and thanked those who had supported them.

Japan’s leader defends handling of hostage crisis

The hostage situation came to a grisly end with news early Sunday that journalist Kenji Goto had been beheaded by the extremists.