Japan's Abe: Govt making every effort to ensure release of Japanese captives

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks to attend an ordinary session of parliament in Tokyo January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday the government is making every effort to ensure early release of a Japanese captive. The Japanese government is analysing a purported new voice recording in which the Japanese journalist held captive by Islamic State says a Jordanian pilot also in their custody will be killed if a swap for a would-be suicide bomber is not carried out by sunset on Thursday, a spokesman for Abe's office said. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Michael Perry)