10 Questions For Jumpei Yasuda

The five japanese hostages released by Iraqi kidnappers two weeks ago have found themselves branded as pariahs on returning home. Officials denounced them for defying Japan's advisory against traveling to Iraq, while the press and public excoriated their lack of jiko sekinin (personal responsibility). TIME's Michiko Toyama asked freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, 30, about his ordeal in Iraq and at home.

Why did you go to Iraq?
I went there last year to see the war. I went back this year to see how the situation had changed. When I went to Fallujah at the start of...

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