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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his official residence in on January 21, 2015 as he returns from a five-day Middle East countries visit. Abe was rushing home from the Middle East to take charge of Tokyo's response after Islamic militants threatened to kill two nationals unless he pays a 200 million USD ransom. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS    JAPAN OUT        (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Academic Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi says that the hostage crisis may have far-reaching consequences -- a more assertive policy will expose Japan to more conflict.

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