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glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's tuesday, september 3rd. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. leaders have drawn up a plan to address the crisis thea the fukushima plant as workers try
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to deal with a build up of radioactive water. they are ear, maing $210 million to solve the problem. they will use the money to decontaminate the water and try to contain leaks. they try to freeze soil around the damaged reactors. the chief cabinet secretary will lead a panel overseeing work at the plant. the panel will take charge of decommissioning the reactors. the members have promised to improve communications with workers and officials from plant operator tokyo electric power company. the head of japan's nuclear regulation authority said it will legally oblige tepco to address the leaks. he criticized people for continuing to make quick fixes. they discussed the leak of 300 tons of radioactive wastewater from a tank last month. he said reports on what caused it and how it happened and how much water got out are only estimates.
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he then suggested one possible approach. >> translator: we might have to consider releasing some of the radioactive wastewater that is below the safety limit into the ocean. nuclear power plants around the world have been doing so as a matter of fact. first we have to purify the wastewater from the fukushima plant to that level. >> if the people in charge of the plant release the wastewater, they will have to explain what they are doing. higher concentrations were found in ground water samples in may. he said trade yum levels were higher near the beach suggesting ground water was seeping into the ocean. tepco said they are improving the way they monitor tanks holding radioactive water and increased the number of inspectors from 10 to 90. they will check the tanks twice as often. the people in charge of the nuclear plant in japan are
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shutting down two reactors for regular inspections. that will leave all of the country's nuclear power generators idle for the first time in about 14 months. workers turned off the number three reactor at the oe plant early tuesday. they will do the same thing with the number reactor in about two weeks. experts say a fault running beneath the planned is not active and has not moved recently. they say there is no possibility of it moving in the future. government regulations bound the operation of nuclear plants above the faults. the operators of five other plants applied for safety screening to restart the reactors. it's not clear whether they will give the green light. . u.s. president barack obama has reached out to lawmakers across washington to support a military strike on syria.
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he is getting support from an old rival. obama welcomed republicans en ton john mccain to the white house and they were joined by lindsay graham. obama will ask lawmakers if are their appraisal before he orders any attack. mccain and other lawmakers said they won't support military action if they are not part of a strategy to remove the president from power. >> a rejection of that before the resolution by congress i think would be catastrophic because it would under mine the credibility of the united states of america and the president of the united states. >> my hope that even a limited military strike can degrade assad's ability, about but there seems to be a solid plan to upgrade the opposition. >> many lawmakers are skeptical about a limited strike. they say obama and those around him fail failed to explain had they intend to do afterwards.
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secretary of state john kerry and secretary of defense chuck hagel will try to provide clarity and testify later in at this time day before the senate foreign relations committee. the head of nato said he is convinced the troops used chemical weapons and still the alliance will not join an attack on syria. >> i don't foresee any further nato role. it is for individual nations to decide how to react to what happened in syria. >> rasmussen said native forces placed interceptor missiles in turkey to protect the border with syria and said the alliance could be pushed to respond if they make an attack across that border. serious opposition has not been struggling alone. qatar has been supporting their fight. in a recent interview with with nhk, qatar's foreign minster
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harshly criticized the use of chemical weapons against civilians. the government backed syria's opposition in november of last career and it hosted the formation of the national coalition for syrian revolutionary and opposition forces. the the group was recognized as a legitimate representative of the syrian people. the foreign minster accused them of killing innocent people including children with toxic gas and would support direct military action. >> no one has the facility to launch but the regime. it has been used before. it has been used before in february. you always wish to see something happen through the un security consul, but are the reluctance of the consul and unfort 2345un
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the blockage of vetoes and the way to save the syrian people. >> he also acknowledged there foreign volunteer fighters flooding into syria to support the rebels, but said he does not see this as a big problem. >> foreigners are not to worry unless we keep the struggle on. the sooner we get a solution, okay, the sooner this foreign element has to leave syria. >> prosecutors in egypt have ordered ousted president morsi to stand trial on charges related to murder. state-run television reports morsi and 14 senior members of the --
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morsi held power until the beginning of july when the military leaders overthrew him. they staged protest after protest demanding he be reinstated. last month security forces moved this to stop the demonstrations. more than 850 people were killed. the interim government issued a state of emergency. that alous police to arrest people without warrants. security forces have detained about 2,000 members of the muslim brotherhood including the leader of the movement. time now for the latest in business news. analysts who study the japanese economy think gdp should be stronger than what government officials officially announced. now from the business desk with more on that. good morning. >> good morning, gather rin. officials refer to certain data when they revised the growth rate and is a capital investment that came out relatively strong yesterday.
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that's why japanese analysts are expecting the government to upgrade the gross domestic product for the april to june quarter. next we will have a major influence on abe's decision on whether to raise the consumption tax. private sector analysts estimate the growth rate of the real gdp will be 3 to 4.3%. the forecasts are all higher than the figure of 2.6%. the analysts are factoring in corporate capital spending and figures suggest it rebounded for the first time in six quarters. investors appear more willing to take risks on the back of up deed data from china and europe. that's pushing stocks higher and the yen lower. the japanese currency hit the lowest level in a month. for more on japanese markets, we go to the tokyo stock exchange. >> good morning. market sentiment seems to be
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positive with the help of the weaker yen. let's look at the opening levels for september 3rd. they are both indeces having big gains. the nikkei is up 1.5% at 13,771 points after gaining more than 1% yesterday. the broader topix is higher by more than 1% as well. tokyo electric power or tepco is likely to be a major focus today and the shares may attract sharper investors because the japanese government is considering injecting more money into tepco to help the utility company control leaks of contaminated water at the fukushima nuclear plant. today we will also be keeping track of japanese exporters as the yen weaken the against currencies overnight and speaking of the yen, let's take a look at where it is trading right now. dollar yen at 99.57-59 at the
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same level on monday. touching a-month high. market place are moving out of a safer asset like the japanese currency as the prospect of a military strike retreats. let's take a look at euro yen. now at 131.31-35. up from the 130 mark it was hovering at yesterday morning. investors are buying the euro on opt 34i678 about the eurozone. the managers index for the region are the least on monday with a reading of 51.4 indicating expansion in the eurozone and that's also the highest level in more than two years. the bank of japan and europe will be having policy meetings this week. investors will be looking for the meetings for more direction on currencies. back to you, ai.
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>> indonesia's finance chiefs have been struggling to control the slumping currency in the latest figures and they will only add to their woes. the largest economy posted a record monthly trade deficit. officials at the statistics bouro said the trade gap widened to $2.3 billion. exports stood at 15.1 and imports at $17.4 billion. prices for a key export coal have dropped, about oil and gas which could for about 23% of imports are rising. the widening deficit will make it harder for policy makers to support the indonesian rupia. it has fallen against the u.s. dollar. investors are speculating that the u.s. federal reserve is planning to scale back monetary easing.
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that's the latest in business. i will leave you with a check on markets. . >> sharp gusts of wind injured dozens of people year tokyo. the areas were struck by a tornado and they began after 2:00 on monday and left a trail of debris in the city. video footage shows what was happening at the scene. firefighters and police say the powerful winds ripped through parts of the city and damaged more than 300 buildings. police say 66 people were injured. one reportedly suffered a
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fractured skull. >> bits and pieces flue into the house. i heard windows break. it's okay. i was given first aid. >> one witness reportedlying something that looked like a tornado more than 300 meters high. another said the sky suddenly darkened and she saw a black twister in front of her. people are reporting similar damage. more than 150 buildings were damaged. the winds knocked down utility poles and overturned cars. japanese health authorities have been drawing up plans to prevent an outbreak of a strain of bird blue. they will work with drugmakers to develop a vaccine. a new strain of the h 7 n 9
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avian flu left 44 people dead in eastern china. no new infections have been reported since august, but officials from the health ministry said there is possibility of pandemic. officials met with a group of experts to discuss the risk of a global outbreak. researchers in the united states and other countries are developing vaccines, but haven't succeeded yet. the officials said they will provide samples to drugmakers to help their research. they said they hope to have a prototype vaccine by early next year. members of the crew in north eastern japan find themselves on a different mission. other workers are clearing debris 30 months after the earthquake and tsunami devastating the region. researchers are trying to preserve what was last behind with the help of 3d technology. >> a room filled with peculiar
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shipped symbols. the black marks are a clue this is a room with a hidden view. they stepped into a 3d room and in front is washed ashore by the tsunami. they offer a 360 degree view. the color, shape, and the texture reproduced in exact detail. a team has brought the ship to life. you can see the real thing, but not for much longer. symbolic reminders of the tragic event are disappearing one after the other. the sightseeing boat deposited on a building is now gone. so is this elementary school. 500 people took refuge when the wave came ashore. in april clean up crews removed all traces of the building.
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government researchers compiled the register of march 11th and identified 47 structures in miyagi and fukushima. only eight are listed for preservation. it's one of the most recognized symbols and an images en arpt the world. they divided the prefectures. >> translator: my house was washed away by the tsunami. i don't want to see the ship because it reminds me of the suffering. it's too hard. >> i want the ship to be kept as a legacy like the atomic bomb. people will forget about the disaster otherwise.
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>> the majority ruled. demolition crews will dismantle the vessel. alarmed by the trend,heiverty p collect as much data as possible. they are using laser instruments to record precise details of each surviving structure. a computer analyzes the data and reproduces it in three dimensions. it worked on seven objects so far. >> translator: every time the region is hit by a tsunami. people say they have to pass on experiences. even after the region recovers. >> this building was all that remained of a community center. 80 people lost their lives here.
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a demolition crew removed everything but the wave left behind. a clean up team uses the fight to sort through debris. the community center lives on in this 3d image and shows each piece of debris inside and out. a closer look shows handwriting on the walls. they are messages, words of sorrow and parting written by the victim's families. this elderly couple lived near the community center. they are in no doubt about the experience of preserving these images. >> translator: it's important for us to keep at least the image for our children and grand children. >> the university team said 3d images alone will not be enough to preserve these memories. they are hoping to build a permanent viewing facility, a
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place where the monuments won't be forgotten. >> thousands of residents are still waiting to go home. vast tracts of land are still waiting to be restored. and more than half of fishing ports on the pacific coast must be rebuilt. people in north eastern japan still face challenges following the 2011 disaster, but step by step, they are moving forward. see their stories every wednesday on the road ahead, right here on "newsline." . >> japan's most famous animation director has announced his retirement. oscar winning miyazaki said his latest film the wind rises will be his last.
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>> miyazaki will hold a press conference on friday to say why he decided to end his career. miyaza miyazaki's announcement made news around the world. china's cctv said he created many masterpieces focussed on people and the world. some people called miyazaki the walt disney of japan. the wind rises is now competing at the venice film festival. >> translator: his retirement will be a big loss for the international film industry. i hope he will change his mind. >> the venice festival judges in 2005 awarded miyazaki an honorary golden lion, he was the first japanese director to win the award.
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miyazaki pioneered a style of animation that influenced many of his peers. >> miyazaki's 2001 production spirited away won him an oscar and became japan's highest grossing pim of all time. he has three other films on the top ten list. visitors at the museum in tokyo expressed disappointment at miyazaki's announcement. >> translator: i'm so sad. >> translator: i wanted my children to see more of his productions. it's too bad he's retiring.
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>> fans flocked to buy or rent copies of miyazaki's movies. officials from a major rental chain said fames have been borrowed more than 22 million times. >> quite a rough start here across japan in regards to whether we have had the very heavy rain in western japan. they want to evade the flooding conditions and activity that swept across central japan. on top of that, we have a storm system that is coming our way. this is the tropical storm which will be main taping its status as a tropical storm and has picked up the pace a little bit and still at a snail's pace. it will be persisting to bring
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stormy conditions with heavy downpours and thunderstorms. it is like tow to pack up gifts as it approaches mainland japan and picking up waste as much as four meters high. these are all createed from the storm system. not only directly hitting the islands, but already pooling the energy from the flow of the moisture from pacific and the east china sea. energizing this stationary baund r boundary over the sea of japan across this country. that is bringing a deluge of rainfall. let me show you a video coming up from yesterday. people across japan faced heavy rain and thunderstorms yesterday from this active front. officials issued flood and heavy rain warnings all over. this was the scene with nearly 80 millimeters of rain falling in one hour. it affected public transportation and thousands of people were forced to flee their
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homes. this is likely to continue with more landslides and swollen rivers today with more rain on the menu. to give you a digit, 400 millimeters fell across the localized areas in western japan. on top of that, 200 millimeters is likely and on top of that, 100 to 150 millimeters of additional rainfall from the two systems. on top of that, the surface level 2e678tures are summer-like and the cold air aloft. they both clashed and that creates severe thunderstorms and a tornado swept through here across japan. this was taken by our lovely pal. this was three hours after that area. you can see that was a roof from
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another house. this is the devastation and people are still out of power. to give you a detail, tokyo will be reaching up to 33 degrees and there is potential of that collision. very dry across central china and extremely wet in the southern regions and thunderstorms have been continuing across the tropics. a quick look at europe. a big high pressure system that is dominating much of the west and the central regions. pushing towards the northeast. it's very bad weather-wise and pleasant and dry. above average and continuing across the south. that's likely to spread into the central region. je nova will reach 31 and on your tuesday, a cooling trend above your average. i will leave you now with the extended forecast.
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>> that is all for this of news loine. thank you very much for joining us.
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> brown: the obama administration today ratcheted up its campaign, pressing u.s. lawmakers to back a missile strike against syria. good evening. i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour this labor day, we assess the military options as u.s. ships move into the red sea. plus, margaret warner-- on the ground in cairo-- gets reaction from the arab world.


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