The Japanese news has been suppressing the more vivid videos of the hostage situation in Iraq and continue the "we are not pulling out" line. One piece of news that even the West seems to be suppressing is that the Japanese hostages are being threatened with cannibalism.
Most reports are saying "killed" or "burned alive".
via The Command Post
A good op-ed by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times about the situation in Iraq.