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welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday, september 10th. i'm catherine kobiyashi in tokyo. u.s. president obama says a russian proposal could be a potential breakthrough in the debate over a military strike on syria. russian foreign minister lavrov
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has urged syrian leaders to turn over their chemical weapons to international monitors. he said that might help them avoid military action. >> reporter: if the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding strikes we would immediately start working with the syrian government. >> lavrov urged syrian leaders to join the prohibition of chemical weapons. he was with his syrian counterpart. he said members of his government welcomed the proposals. but he said they're concerned about the security of the syrian people. the united nations secretary-general is urging the syrians to transfer the chemical weapons to a safe place within the nation. he said then the weapons can be destroyed. a chinese defense official has on firmed that an aircraft that threw near japanese air space belonged to china.
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but he did not respond to claims of the a drone. japanese defense personnel said on monday they spotted an unidentified unmanned aircraft near the senkaku islands in the east china sea. they say it crossed the median line that divides the sea halfway between china and japan but but did not enter japanese air space. still, commanders scrambled fighter jets. defense ministry officials say the plane did not appear to have a cockpit. if confirmed, this would be the first appearance on record of a drone in the area. a chinese defense ministry official said the flight was part of a regular military training and the official said the exercise did not break international law. the u.s. special envoy on north korea has called for concrete steps towards its denuclearization and dicked off an east asian tour to put pressure on pyongyang. glen daveys landed in seoul to meet with south korean officials. he'll later visit china and
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japan. all members of stalled six-party talks with north korea. >> our view is that, of course, we can't get back to six party until we see a much greater degree of willingness on the part of north korea to take the steps it's promised to take. >> chiz that officials planning a symposium on the north korean issue for next week. hundreds of muslim gunmen are clashing with police on island in the southern philippines, at least six people have been killed and others have been taken hostage. the rebels oppose ongoing peace talks between another muslim insurgent group and president aquino's government. the group demands complete independence from the philippines which has a catholic majority. the afp news agency reports that between 200 and 300 heavily armed rebels landed on the
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mindanao island from several boats at dawn on monday. they entered the city where they fought with government troops. at least two members of security forces and four civilians were killed. >> translator: i saw them roaming around and knocking at the door of my employer's house. they got the people inside and took them away. >> the fighting has spread to surrounding coastal communities where the rebels have taken more than 100 civilians hostage. the airport and other facilities are now under strict supervision of the military. the rebels belong to the national liberation front which is opposed to peace talks with the government on mindanao. >> we want to establish our own government, not -- but we want to independent mindanao --
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>> the government has been in talks with a separate insurgent group the moral islamic immigration front which is the largest in mindanao. in a 2012 deal brokered by malaysia, the two sides agreed to set up an autonomous in 2016 but this is rejected by the faction clashing with government forces. fighting between the government and separatist groups started in the 1970s. more than 60,000 people have been killed in the conflict and 2 million have fled the region. more and more japanese people prime minister. an nhk poll suggests shinzo abe is sitting pretty with 59% of support. 23% said they do not. most suprters said they liked the cabinet because it's better
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than any of the alternatives. the second biggest group said they were hopeful about the government's policies. almost half the dissatisfied respondents said they don't expect much from the cabinet's plans and 20% said abe's liberal democratic party is not their party of choice. people were also asked to name japan's most pressing issue. 27% were concerned about nuclear plants. 20% said they want measures to boost the economy. 16% highlighted social security reforms. 64% said they felt positive about the cabinet's economic policies. 29% of respondents said they disapprove. japanese leaders have said they'll take charge of leaks of radioactive water from the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. 75% of respondents said they supported that effort. 18% said they were against it. the disaster in fukushima forced almost 150,000 people
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from their homes. more than two years later, certain areas, the ones shown in red on this map, remain in the new entry zone. government officials say people won't be allowed to return for a long time but exactly how long no one knows. people from the town of futaba are scattered throughout japan. nhk world's jun yotsumoto has their story. >> reporter: he is 65 years old and he's lived in this former school building for more than two years. >> reporter: this former high school in kazo city near tokyo is the last evacuation center still housing disaster survivors. about 100 people from futaba live here.
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their average age is 70. ikuta is the community's leader. he has no income apart from his pension. the operator of the fukushima plant gave him just nine months worth of compensation. only part of the two and a half years worth he's been promised. he's unsure about his future and worried about his elderly neighbors. many of them have to buy boxed meals. they can't cook for lack of proper facilities. they sleep in classrooms divided by cardboard walls. >> translator: it's really quite a miserable existence. i've been wondering why we've had to live like this and for so long. >> reporter: their hometown of futaba is a few kilometers from fukushima daiichi. 1,400 futaba residents evacuated
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to the former school right after the disaster. they may never see their homes again. ikuta showed us pictures of his hometown. >> translator: there were so many of them. it was really gorgeous. >> reporter: parade of summer calvary passing near his house, people cheering at a traditional festival. these are scenes of normal life before the accident. >> translator: we know we can't go back. it's just so cruel from our point of view. >> reporter: futaba officials plan to close the evacuation center. they're trying to find apartments nearby. evacuees don't have to pay rent
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for the two first two years, but after that, nothing is certain. he is 91 years old and says he wants a house where he can live the rest of his life in peace. if he can't go back to futaba. >> translator: my life is so pathetic now. i feel like i've lost out by living so long. i would have liked to have died ten years ago. >> reporter: many residents say they would rather remain in the school than be scattered and isolated in yet more temporary housing. but ikuta says he doesn't know what to do.
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>> reporter: ikuta says he will stay at the evacuation center until the last moment to see everyone off. after that he says he will create a network of foer futaba residents to keep track of elderly that live alone and need assistance. he says helping one another is the only way they can ensure their community will survive. jun yotsumoto, nhk world, kazo city, japan. iranians are cheering a prereprieve for one of the oldest sports in the olympic.
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the international olympic committee decided to reinstate wrestling for the 2020 games in tokyo and the iranian's couldn't be happier. mohammed reza mousavi has more. >> reporter: this is today's newspaper and shows the iranians are very happy with keeping the sport in the olympics. wrest slg popular in iran where many consider it the national sport. diplomatic relations between iran and the united states are severed but the two countries worked together to lobby for the sport to make a comeback at the olympic games. they staged a rare friendly match in new york in may. iran's wrestling federation said in a statement on monday their joint efforts led to the successful result. it said that wrestling is one of the odest olympic sports and efforts of the officials of
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iran, the u.s. and russian bore fruit. >> reporter: throughheir cooperation, we saved wrestling. despite our political issues with america. >> translator: i'm very proud and honored that wrestling is returning to the olympics. it's interesting that our people will watch matches held in japan. >> that report from nhk world's mohammed reza mousavi. investors on wall street took key indices higher. ai joins us from the business desk. good morning. so tell us what's behind that momentum. >> good morning. investors are feeling more confident that a strike on syria, those searches are receding. plus, they like the data they saw out of china which showed
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that exports are increasing. all this boosted u.s. markets on monday. the dow jones industrial average rose more than .9% to end at 15,063, and the nasdaq rose 1.25% to end at 3,706. the highest level since september 2000. well, for a look at how stocks here may be affected, let's go to the tokyo stock exchange. r amine, good morning. walk us through the opening. >> good morning to you. let's look at the opening levels for september 10th. and both indexes kicking off in the positive. i can tell you there. coming up on the screen right now, up on the nikkei and the same for the topix. pretty positive start so far this tuesday. and we saw a healthy bounce in the nikkei on monday, actually, also, following the announcement of tokyo winning the 2020 olympics. u.s. and asian stocks also propelled higher by up beat economic data of china.
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we'll get a clearer picture today from the world's second biggest economy. there's data concerning industrial production, retail sales, as well as real estate investment, obviously, the housing sector in china a crucial focus, as well. here in raja pjapan, there's hu anti-pags, as well. ahead of apple's announcement of the latest products which may include the new iphone. now, of course, a lot of component makers here in japan make parts that go in to a lot of the products that apple makes and also there's a focus on the mobile phone carriers, soft bank, kddi and the latest ntt which is just announced to carry apple's iphone here in japan, as well. so big focus on this sector, as well. ai? >> really interesting the see how all that plays out. but ramin, the dollar weakened a touch, hasn't it, as data on friday showed u.s. employers added fewer jobs than expected.
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tell us more. >> exactly. it was a bit of a mixed picture and reflected in the dollar. currently, 99.71-76. don't forget it broke above 100 yen at one point on monday and backtracked a little bit. expectations of tapering of the federal reserve's bond buying program has come in to question a little bit following the lackluster jobs numbers on friday, ai. there's a big focus on what the fed will do in the policy meeting next week in that regard. let's have a look at the euro/yen, as well. 132.17-27. investors seem more content that policies bare fruit as the central bank made assurances of more accommodative monetary policy and keeping track of currencies, as well. but pretty positive start so far for the nikkei and the topix and keeping track of, of course, how the data out of china will also play in to stocks later today. that's all for me.
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back to you. >> all right. thanks for that update. well, officials at japan's transport ministry wasting no time getting ready for the 2020 olympics in tokyo. they're going to tuddy ways to expand the two main international airports to welcome more visitors. the ministry will set up a panel to discuss the issue. panel members will look at how to handle the increase in international flights. they're expected to consider adding a fifth runway to haneda and study the possibility of easing restrictions on late night and early morning flights at both airports. the ministry also plans to increase flights at narita and hareda from next spring. the government is also considering building a train line between the two airports. the mayor of london says firms in his city are keen to pass on some of the expertise they gained at last year's olympics. bo rice johnson says british business owners can help to
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ensure the 2020 games in tokyo go off without a hitch. officials from about 500 companies attended a seminar in london. firms involved in last year's games shared the lessons they learned. johnson said they want to offer their goods and technologies to tokyo. one manager later said his company can provide cyber security services to ensure that tokyo games run smoothly. >> i think it's fantastic news. i very much congratulate tokyo and i wish them every possible success. maybe there are some things we can offer, maybe ideas, experti expertise, some things we have done here in london that could be useful. more headlines in business next hour. here's a check on markets.
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people who live in one part of the west african country of banine rely on water for their way of life. the village is built over a river. they fish in it and they travel on it. but there's trouble beneath surface. nhk world explains. >> reporter: ganvie is at the mouth of a river pouring. in it's the largest lake village in africa. some people call it the venice of africa. it goes back three centuries and covers an area of 200 square
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kilometers. the city has been nominated as a yue necessary coworld heritage site. they make their living from fishing. and they travel around on boats. ganvie means a rescued town. it is said to have been established by people fleeing from the slave trade. all houses and other buildings are made of wood and reed. they're raised above the surface of the river to avoid the rising levels during the rainy season. this hotel is no exception. even the mosques stands above the water. >> translator: this town has a raised church and hospital. people even give birth over the water.
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>> reporter: but the'd dillic appearance of ganvie can be deceiving. it's actually in deep trouble. fumes and human waste is discarded in to the river. the purification system cannot cope with the growing number of residents. the water has become badly contaminated. but people keep using the water and getting sick. >> translator: residents complain of diarrhea. their poor health is probably due to the dirty river water. >> reporter: this man grew up in the village. 15 years ago, he set up an ngo to urge the locals not to drink river water.
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through pictures, a colleague explains the dangers. >> translator: this person drinks river water and gets sick. >> translator: i will be careful not to drink water from the river. >> translator: in order to explain to all our residents how dangerous our water is, we have to train people who can spread the word. >> reporter: the work has started to bear fruit. more and more people now drink water from the well. 13 new ones have been drilled under the water. and the number continues to increase. he is also asking the government to collaborate in building proper toilets.
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>> translator: please build new toilets to stop polluting the river. we cannot live without water. that's why it's so important for the entire community to help manage the village's water safety. >> reporter: through the dedication of him and his colleagues, more villages are learning how to lead a healthier life. jean-baptiste niard, nhk world. time now for a check on the weather. it's a pleasant morning here in tokyo. we have the latest in world weather. >> good morning. it's going to be another day of typical weather across japan thanks to a migratory high pressure system moving in from the continent. the cent tore the east of the country so because of the northeasterly winds, we may see a little bit cloudier conditions
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in the pacific coasts today and tokyo. it was sunny in the korean peninsula yesterday but things are changing. a new system will form from southwestern china extending all the way up towards the korean peninsu peninsula. rain could be heavy, especially across south korea and china today. up to 100 millimeter is likely. now, for the down toward the south, the low pressure system is set to move in to vietnam and intensifying the southwest monsoon. severe weather is likely in some places. we have a report of hail in laos not so common in the area because usually temperatures are too high to create such frozen stuff. now, temperatures will be at 33 in bangkok for the high with thundershowers. 24 degrees in chongqing. tokyo at 29 degrees and akita 27. nice condition to go out and see beautiful flowers. take a look at this picture.
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buckwheat flowers are in full bloom in akita prefecture. the seeds harvested at the end of next month. the harvested soba noodle is rich in flavor. across the americas, we're seeing some flooding rains once again across the four corners region due to the intensifying of the monsoonal flow. burn areas due to wildfires are really prone to flash floods and rain is not going to affect california where wildfires are occurring. up toward the north, a severe weather maker is traveling over the great lakes with a threat of severe weather, even tornadoes cannot be ruled out in some places. severe weather in to tomorrow across the great lakes region and in to the east going in to wednesday. now, as for temperatures, very
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high across chicago. toronto, new york city and washington, d.c. on tuesday, toronto at 34 degrees. staying much hotter than average conditions in to wednesday. but back down to normal on thursday. similar conditions for the rest -- for the northeastern u.s. into your friday. temperatures will be like a roller coaster ride. very conditions for the body to contend with. finally in europe, wet and windy conditions expanding east and west across much of the continent. we have some rain warnings posted for the southern parts of norway. northern germany, northern italy and southern parts of spain today. flash out for flash floods. it looks like temperatures are going to be quite mild and relatively cool across the west. 19 -- excuse me, 16 degrees in london. 18 in both paris and berlin. but vienna going up to 29 degrees. warsaw it was 24 yesterday and go back to the teens on tuesday.
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here's your extended forecast.
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and that is all for this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobiyashi in tokyo. thanks very much for joining us.
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>> ifill: on television and on capitol hill, president obama launches a wide-ranging campaign to win public and congressional support for his plan to strike syria. >> the president made his case. >> my intentions throughout this process has been to ensure that the blatant use of chemical weapons that we sought doesn't happen again. if, in fact, there's aay


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