"My son Kenji is not an enemy of the people of the Islamic faith. I can only pray as a mother for his release," she said, according to Reuters. "If I could offer my life I would plead that my son be released, it would be a small sacrifice on my part.
Goto, an independent journalist with experience in war zones, had met Yukawa as the man attempted to start a business providing private security in the Middle East. Yukawa was taken captive in Syria in August, and Goto returned to the region in October to try to help his friend, Reuters reported. He left only two weeks after his wife gave birth, his mother told reporters.
"He only went to rescue his friend. He has always looked out for weaker people, he was always helping weaker children than him," Ishido said on Friday.