No mention of knife, ransom and blood: Japan’s media self-censor during hostage crisis

TOKYO — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, cancelling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.

I can vouch for this. My post of the first Kenji Goto video garnered huge web search traffic from Japan lasting several days.