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>> translator: japan should take part in the negotiations for the tpp talks. >> most business leaders support the pact, arguing it will boost marketing helping japan's automobi and tv makers. the scope of the tpp goes beyond manufacturing. the deal spreads across sectors. agriculture, public works, intellectual property, insurance, medical care, labor regulations. negotiations are now under way among nine countries, including the united states, singapore, stralia, n zla and etnam. [ chanting ] farmers, fishermen and co-ops are opposed to the pact.
about 6,000 protesters turned out for this rally tuesday in tokyo. farmers y they' be unab to compete once low-priced domestic imports enter the market. rice farmers worry about foreign competition. so do dairy and beef producers. negotiators haven't finalized the specifics of the tpp. still, japan's entry into the pact will dramatically alter the dynamics of the partnership. >> nhk world's political commentator, masayo nakajima joints us now. what do you make of the timing of the move? >> well, the prime minister wanted to make the decision before he meets u.s. president barack obama this weekend on the sidelines of the apec forum. the economies of the other countries expected to join the
tpp are also of japan and the u.s. so the tpp can be seen as a free trade agreement between the two nations. the obama administration has been been putting pressure on noda, because the tpp has u.s. could enhance u.s. exports, especially on other countries. u.s. officials have indicated that the u.s. will no longer look, regard japan as a reliable partner if noda does not demonstrate some goodwill. obama faces a tight race in his battle for re-election next year. he wants to eliminate as many obstacles as possible beforehand. the japanese prime minister's office, meantime, has had a revolving door of prime ministers in prevent years. so noda wants to shore up japan's relationship with the united states, and noda has electoral domestic concerns of his own. he took office only two months
ago, but his public approval ratings are already slipping. he faces a divided diet where his government cannot pass bills without help from the opposition parties. so making better leadership with japan's closest ally might help. >> masayo, china, the second largest economy in the world, is staying away from these talks. we can't ignore this fact. what does that mean for japan? >> well, the japanese government believes that cooperating with other countries will contain china's power. beijing has been building up the chinese military in recent years, and becoming more assertive. so many of the neighboring countries including japan are trying to check china's moves by moving closer to the united states. >> i'm sure noda wants to convince opponents, because this is the only way for japan's economy to survive. right? >> that's right. llyokn, pase polaons riinan
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masayo, thank you, we appreciate it. it's been eight months since the march 11th disaster in northeast japan. however, there's a long way to go before full-fledged reconstruction can be carried out. police say close to 20,000 people have been confirmed dead or remain missing as of november 10th. 15,770 people are confirmed dead. and 3,648 remain missing in the devastated prefectures of miyagi, iwate and fukushima. reconstruction plans for the disaster-hit areas have been drawn up by eight local governments in iwate, and seven in miyagi. the government's newly-established rebuilding subsidies and other funds will shoulder all costs for relocation of residents to higher ground or other regions. however, no criteria has been set to assess the value of the flooded land the government will purchase from owners. local residents will need more time to form a consensus on mass relocations and reconstruction projects.
some residents are spending the day remembering. others, rebuilding. they've got to work fast with winter approaching. morning temperatures dropped to 3 deees in the town of minamisanriku in miyagi prefecture. the disaer destroyed many of to's homes and lt 0 residents dead or missing. workers erected a flower altar in front of the town's disaster preparedness center. about 30 officials dd there when the tsumi washed through. >> people in owe few nato city who lost relatives visited a graveyard to remember.
nhk world's jun masumoto has the story. >> reporter: volunteers deliver foods to this tsunami survivor in ofunatu, iwate. this man founded the group and focuses on meeting survivors face to face to find out what they need now. >> reporter: these volunteers work with uchikashi, their group is called project next. some of them lost parents. some lost houses. some lost jobs. they are victims, too. 44-year-old everyone chikashi's
volume work goes along with his day job, as a dentist. >> translator: what i thought was a serious problem was that there was a huge gap between those who received support and those who do not. we would like to set up a safety net for people who have slipped through the cracks. >> reporter: project next volunteers order supplies through this online shopping site. they push emergencies to the top of the rankings. people who want to donate click on the items they want. amazon then ships the supplies to project next. volunteers take a picture when supplies are delivered to a survivor. the picture is uploaded. then the donor knows that his or her donation has reached the survivor.
satoru sake is one of those who received help. he used to run a ramen shop in ofunatu city. the tsunami washed it away. he lost his income, his savings are running out. >> translator: we are forced to lead a miserable le now. >> reporter: donors from all over japan sent help. noon fo,utll tse thgsto sa sd the got whl gave him energyo reopen his shop. >> this man lives in jisawa, far from theisaster ea. he responded to wish and clicked on a cd player for when the shop reopens.
>> he said that he appreciated that the cd player, which i gave or donated. so that payback is very unique. and i have not seen it before. so i feel like i'm connected with him now. >> reporter: still, not everything is going smoothly. project next relies on the charity of donors. and the group has a lot of expenses. uchikoshi's dental clinic has been in the red for eight months. ever since the disaster. >> translator: i do what i'm doing because i want to see everybody smile. i want to establish a milestone for rebuilding fhe next generation. "newsline" is the place to turn to for the latest on japan
post march 11th. we have two segments offering two unique perspectives on the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami. "nuclear watch" brings you insight and information on the impact of the fukushima daiichi crisis. and "the road ahead" examines japan's efforts to recover and rebuild. don't miss "nuclear watch" and "the road ahead" on "newsline." the people who run japan's equivalent of the new york yankees are embroiled in high-profile dispute over the until nation of the club's new coach. the general manager of the yomiri giants has publicly denounced the chairman. watanabe's control over the newspaper group makes him one of the most powerful and influential figures in japan. the general manager says the club's chairman tried to interfere with his choice of a new coach. he harshly criticized watanabe, saying the chairman had no authority over personal matters.
>> translator: the leadership must not break the company's internal control and compliance rules. i want the chairman to reconsider his position and accept my initial choice. >> watanabe has served as chairman of the giants since 2005. when he became president of the newspaper with the highest circulation in japan. next, we go to our bureau in bangkok and pachari raksawong is there to find out what's going on in the region. floodwaters continue to pose a threat to central bangkok. water levels have fallen in some parts of the city, but residents ar sllnhe art ashe spring tide will peak at the weekend. massive floodwaters from central thailand are only five kilometerom the center of the city. bangkok ridents are tryingo prevent inundation by piling up sand bags and transferring water
from flooded roads to canals. an official says water levels have begun to fall in some areas. >> translator: the situation is improving. because we are discharging water from the main river to the ocean. >> on friday morning, the water level of the chao phraya river rose, but stopped short of overflowing unlike the last spring tide in late october. however, riverside areas are on high alert, as the tide is expected to peak on sunday. thailand's capital is still battling devastating floodwaters, but there are signs of recovery in the central city of ayutthaya. more than a month after the disaster hit, people in the world heritage-listed city are starting to overcome the crisis. nhk world's dhra dhirakaosal has more. >> the big clean-up is under
way. hundreds of people gathered at one of ayutthaya's ancient temples. ayutthaya has been severely hit by the flooding disaster and people are trying to clean up the temple in order to help the tourism industry recover. at one temple, volunteers removed mud and waste on big clean-up day. they also brushed the walls of the historic site. >> translator: we should do all we can to bring every back to normal. so we came with thi project to help revive ayutthaya. >> reporter: ayutthaya was hit by massive floods in early october. vast areas of the city were submerged and more than 300 temples were under water. the monks at one temple were unable to ask for alms. they also lost income because tourists stopped coming to the city.
>> translator: floodwaters never entered the temple grounds. during the past century. that's why we didn't have a prevention system. >> reporter: after a month of flooding, waters have started to recede in most parts of the city. but some riverside areas in ayutthaya are still in danger, as they face a threat of ravaging floods. in these places, the suffering of the residents is far from over. thursday night was a sacred night for the thai people. one of the nation's most colorful festivals was held amidst the ongoing crisis. the festival allows people to pay their respects and express gratitude to the goddess of the river. kneeling by the river, they also ask the goddess to sweep away
all their bad luck and worldly concerns. >> translator: my hometown and workplace have been submerged, so i parade that the water will recede faster to allow thais to overcome this natural disaster as soon as possible. >> reporter: thais continue to struggle with the catastrophe, but on this special night, candles of hope have started to shine. dhra dhirakaosal, nhk world, ayutthaya. >> hopefully next year's celebrations will be dry. and that will wrap up our bulletin, i'm pachari raksawong in bangkok. pachari, thanks. here are other stories we're covering from around the world. japan and taiwan have signed an open skies agreement. the deal will lift restrictions on the number of flights and will open the door for the entry of a new airline company. the number of taiwanese visiting japan dropped the first nine months of this year by more than a quarter from the same period
last year. the accord is expected to help bring back taiwanese tourists. unesco has been forced to suspend new programs, it has been hit hard by a u.s. decision to withdraw funding after the agency granted palestinians full membership. unesco estimates it may face a shortfall of over $140 million next year if the u.s. continues to with hold funding. the u.s. is its largest contributor. people in bangkok have floated lotus-shaped lanterns in the capital's main river in a traditional festival. they pray that damage from thailand's worst flooding in half a century will not spread further. the floodwaters have approached to within five kilometers of central bangkok. before we move on, we want to show you some pictures of people taking a break from their busy lives here in japan.
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good news. and the rest of japan is also looking at dry conditions over the weekend. meanwhile, a low pressure system is moving through northeastern china, spreading moderate snow and that will affect hokkaido on sunday. down towards the south, the southeast coast of china and taiwan have been contending with heavy rain, but i'm afraid more wet weather is expected over the next severalda a ait r i ntuhis,ok ll t a de antaipei, and in bangkok, we arexpecting 31 degrees with mainly clear skies. heading over to the americas then, we are still moniting tropical storm shawn over the atntic. it's now situad nort of bermuda, spreang hea rain an creating very strong win across this couny. but the condions will gradually subsides we head
into tonigh that's good news. wever rough seaonditions will pvail across the coast of rmuda and the southeastern u.s. over the next couple of days. so watch out for coastal flooding for the time being. meanwhile, a big low pressure system is pducingea sw an coastal rain for eastern canada and parts of new englan wis are also a big concern, gusts of up to 100 komers pehour are possible for the canadian maritimes. but the wet condions wil gradually ease as we head into saturday. out towards the we,ea ecipitation is affecting british columbia, that willove soheastward and will affect the northern rockies, you'll see bluste condions over the weekend here. up to 23 in los angeles and 20 deg inklom ci.
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