tokyo. welcome to "newsline." it's a thursday evening here in japan. officials in okinawa prefecture say they are planning to study whether work to move a military base is compromising the environment. they have been looking at plans to relocate futenma air station now they want permission to go into a no intro zone. leaders agreed to relocate the
base. local officials want to stop the construction. they say workers have destroyed coral reefs by placing concrete blocks in the water. officials sbepd to inspector the entire no entry zone for the extent of the damage. they say they could start as early as next week and expect the work to take 10 days. u.s. military controls water around the facilities. military leaders discussing with japanese officials how and how much to disclose the results of the survey. the japanese government has suspended work to reclaim land for the base for one month. leaders in tokyo are holding talks with local officials to resolve their differences. a landslide has engulfed a mining community in central china. about 60 people are missing. police and firefighters are searching through the rubble. state run xinhua news agency reports the landslide is near a
man near shangluo in shaanxi province. four people have been rescued so far. ten others escaped on their own. >> translator: we heard the smashing rocks and ran away. some ran uphill and others down. we all panicked. the people who ran downhill were buried. >> chinese president xi jinping has ordered an all out rescue effort. but the steep terrain is hampering use of heavy machinery. fears of secondary disasters are also slowing down the rescue. the head of the u.n. peacekeeping mission in the central african republic has been fired for his handling of sexual abuse allegations. >> the united nations deploys peacekeepers. we do so to protect the world's most vulnerable people and the
world's most desperate. i will not tolerate any action that causes people to replace the trust with fear. >> ban said mission leader resigned as requested. u.n. peacekeepers have been deployed to the african republic where they have been fighting for years. some accused of abusing children. one accused of taking a 12-year-old from her home and abusing her while on duty. allegations of misconduct by u.n. peacekeepers in other african countries have been drawing international criticism. the chinese yuan has hit a four-year low. the people's bank of china devalued the currency this time by slightly more than 1% of the move comes after the currency's rate was slashed for trading against the dollar for two days
in a row. policymakers at the bank managed the currency through what's known as a midpoint reference rate. they set thursday's rate at 6.4010, yan per dollar. that's down 1.1% per day. the cut is smaller than in the previous two days. the bank devalued the rate by 1.8% tuesday followed by 1.6 partly sunny wednesday. market players say the yuan could weaken even further. investors around the world are watching this situation unfold. they are wondering when chinese authorities are going to let up. for more our reporter spoke with a senior fellow at the research institute. >> reporter: what is behind the decision by the chinese central bank to do this now? >> well, i think the devaluation of the currency is reasonable because china's economic fundamental is very weak and it
began to slow down from two years ago. and although the central bank enforced a lot of interest in financial policies but it doesn't function, so it's reasonable, i think. >> well, so it doesn't come as a big surprise. but u.s. government officials say they will continue to urge china to make changes that will bring the currency in line with what is really happening in global markets. do you think the chinese leaders will actually respond to this? >> i think from american view, the devaluation is not a problem. the problem is what the government is doing that makes the chinese government market to devalue the currency directly. this the problem. because they will damage the confidence in the market. >> well excessive weakening of the yuan may cause import cost toss rise and trigger a type of war with countries that rely heavily on exports. what is your take on this?
>> i think it's possible for regional -- in this region, the nations to devalue their currencies, but i think at this point the chinese government needs to take responsibility to stabilize the region economics. not only support chinese national benefit only. >> so what's happening with the yuan is, of course, affecting the other economies. china needs to realize that what happens in china is, of course, a big effect on global markets. >> actually chinese government studied to devalue the currency from 10 years ago. the currency had value around 35%. i think chinese government at least want to devalue 10% of the currency. so the coming days is very, you know, sensitive and very important for the investors in the world. >> so how should we expect the
devaluation to continue? will this continue? how long will it continue? >> i don't think the devaluation could be effective in our financial policies. but actually the government has other strategy to support economic development. >> so the, of course, move to chinese economy on the whole slowdown is a bit effect on other markets. without proper strategies behind that, the chinese government will continue to do this devaluation. >> you know, i just want to emphasize how to stabilize chinese economy. this is good news for the region. but if chinese government only devalues the currency, that will damage the regional economy, i think. >> that was a senior fellow at research institute. japanese stocks rebounded on
thursday. some investors seemed to have difficult guessed the yuan's devaluation. let's go to our business reporter at the tokyo stock exchange. give us the details. >> reporter: thanks. it's the third day of the yuan's devaluation, so it looks like investors have gotten used to it. we saw volatility in the morning but the market soon recovered and stabilized. let's look at closing levels for thursday, bounced back from the low and closed up 1%. broader topix of .1%. taking a look back japanese stocks lost ground since the currency fix shocked the markets. there were growing fears about the chinese economy and the impact on tourism to japan. but after all, one senior analyst told me many market players are starting to think the impact of the cheaper yuan on the japanese economy might be quite limited. so china related stocks were bought back.
for example shis aido up. constructionmaker komatsu up 1% but ito whichu is rather flat. also a rise in index, fast retailing. the owner of unico clothing chain up 2%. bargaining after sold to another territory. another heavyweight softbank falling after the telecom giant increased its stake in sprint and disappointing sales of aly baba in which softbank is a heavy supporter. worries eased enother countries as well. many markets in the region rebounded on thursday. shanghai saw a volatil day. shanghai composite bounced back 1.8% to hit a three-week high. analysts say a comment by a
central bank official eased concerns over further devaluation. malaysia rose 0.73%. the country's economy in the april to june quarter grew 4.9% from a year earlier. that's better than many analysts had expected. hong kong was up 0.4% led by communications and energy shares. the main indes in south korea and indonesia recovered from a five-day losing streak. the philippines bucked the trend sliding 0.7%. massive explosions occurred at a warehouse storing dangerous goods on the port of tianjin. chinese media report at least 500 killed, others taken to the hospital with injuries. firefighters are continuing to battle flames around the site. nhk world reports.
>> reporter: the agency reports the first of a series of blasts took place at around 11:30 p.m. wednesday of the shock waves are reportedly felt several kilometers away. >> translator: i woke up when the first explosion happened. the second huge explosion with blast wave trapped me under the house. >> translator: everybody after the explosion happened. all the beauty around here was destroyed. >> reporter: flames and black smoke were still rising about 12 hours after the explosion. all the windows in the building behind me are broken. people saying it was caused by the explosion. large pieces of metal are scattered on nearby expressways. a truck with a damaged hood and shattered window and twisted
traffic signs indicate the strength of the blast. the roof of a nearby train station has caved in putting railway services on hold. emergency services are being overwhelmed as the injured go to the hospital. all out efforts for the injured and many mass casualties. the president said the cause of the explosion must be determined. similar explosions have happened in china in recent years, so authorities are faced with the issue of tightening safety measures on the production site. nhk world, tianjin. >> "newsline" will keep you updated. a defense analysis firm says north korea appears to have doubled its uranium enrichment capacity by expanding its nuclear facility.
british firm ihs released satellite images of its facility. the images taken in january and february show melted snow around the buildings which indicated heat coming from inside. the new building, its roof covered with snow, sits next to another structure known to already be used for enrichment. analysts speculate enrichment activities began in early february, after they found the amount of snow covering the roof had decreased. they say uncertainties remain about north korea's ability to produce highly enriched uranium with purity for weapons. told u.s. scientists who visited five years ago the country was enriching uranium to use for generating electricity. 16% of women in afghanistan have a job. one woman is drawing attention after taking up a profession that is conventionally dominated by men.
nhk world reports from the city in northern afghanistan. prx prx. >> reporter: a taxi drives through town. the driver is 40-year-old woman. she's said to be the only female cabdriver in the whole of afghanistan. >> translator: i took this job because i like driving and female drivers were in demand. the pay is good, too. >> reporter: taxis are an important method of travel in afghanistan, as the country's transportation system remains. but cabdrivers in the nation are overwhelmingly men. female customers try to stop
sara's taxi whenever they spot her. >> translator: how was the ride? >> translator: very comfortable. >> reporter: man women say that thanks to sara they can now use taxis. >> translator: male drivers often say nasty things to me. so whenever i use a taxi, i ask for sara. >> reporter: but sara suffers harassment from men who hate the idea of women working. >> translator: all the hubcaps get stolen. and my car got hit while it was parked here. >> reporter: from time to time she also receives anonymous threatening phone calls.
>> reporter: despite intimidation, sara is holding onto her job. that's because she's the family breadwinner. until 16 years ago, the task had fallen to her brother-in-law. but he was killed for his attitude toward the taliban regime at the time. her father had already died. sara had to provide for her family of 16 including her nephew and niece. to support her family, sara decided not to get married and started to work. but in afghanistan career options for women were few and far between. little by little she became unable to pay for the children's education, so sara decided to become a cabdriver to earn more money.
she sold her family's farm two years ago to pie a car. she now gets about $240 a month. that's triple what she used to make. now sara has a new ambition. twice a week she teaches women how to drive. on this day an hour long lecture drew women who look up to sara. what they learned was not only driving techniques but also something beyond. >> translator: sara teaches us how to win women's rights in society as well as how to drive. i want to be strong like her. >> translator: women have the courage and ability to learn how to drive. i want to use my driving career to help achieve a breakthrough in this male dominated society. >> reporter: sara is continuing
down the rocky road she has chosen for herself. by letting people know about the challenges she faces, she hopes to encourage afghan women to imove their social status. nhk world. almost 70 years have passed since the end of world war ii. during hostilities more than 100,000 japanese americans were confined to internment camps in the u.s. after the war, some of them were sent to japan where they face discrimination yet again. nhk world has the story of one such woman. >> reporter: marie has been teaching english in japan for more than five decades. >> it makes me feel good if i can be of some help to people.
it makes me happy. >> reporter: she was born and raised in california. but japan has been her home for 70 years. her grandfather settled in california in the 1920s and ran a vineyard. marie went to school, the family business, and took care of her younger siblings. but those days before numbered once japan attacked pearl harbor. >> i couldn't believe it. i didn't know japan. so as soon as i got home, i looked at the map and said, this is japan. it's such a small country. how could a small country like that attack a big country like america, you ow. but i was real shocked.
>> reporter: the u.s. government relocated 120,000 japanese americans to internment camps. marie was 11 when she and her family were sent away. in the camp, the adults were asked whether they were willing to serve in the u.s. military and abandon allegiance to the emperor of japan. anyone who answered no to both questions was separated from those who said yes. marie remembers her parents discussing what to do. they were worried about their older daughters in hiroshima. they had accompanied their grandfather there before the war, but the family lost contact. in the end they chose no. the family was sento a segregation camp established for
the no nos. it was surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. >> because japan attacked pearl h harb harbor, why should we, an american citizen, be responsible for something like that. so i was really shocked to be treated like that. >> reporter: after the war, her father was forcibly sent to japan and the rest of the family followed. in japan, marie gained discrimination, anti-american sentiment ran high. >> when i'm walking, i don't know, maybe it's because the way i walk, they used to throw rocks at me and say yankee from
behind. like in america i'm japanese, but in japan i'm not really japanese. who am i? that's how i felt. >> reporter: marie persevered and worked hard to support her parents and create a new life for herself. she started teaching english in the 1960s and became the principal of hiroshima's first english kindergarten. recently she's been working volunteers sharing poetry and memories of a bomb survivors. she wants to make sure her students can express themselves clearly, transcending language barriers. >> it's the regular people who are the ones who suffer from any kind of war. i hope that the future
generation, like i mentioned, they should be able to learn how to communicate with people of other countries, so that there's no war. >> reporter: in her 84 years, she has experienced the consequences of war. she's made it her mission to spare other people from having to learn those same difficult lessons in the way she teaches. jun, increase world. thank you, jun, for that compelling report. our best wishes to marie. cloudy, partly fair skies is the forecast in tokyo, current temperature reading of 28 celsius or 82 fahrenheit. the weather update starting off with how some parts of japan has to deal with very severe conditions. >> yes, james, it's a mixed bag
across japan. heavy flooding across west and north and strong winds causing damage in the north of the region in tokyo. in the prefecture a funnel cloud was observed and at least three houses were damaged. luckily no injuries were reported and a waterspout was observed off the coast of the prefecture in kyushu. now, we have the remnants of a typhoon and a cold air mass in the upper atmosphere. so those two factors are causing instability across many parts of japan. more wet wet as we go into tomorrow. the worst conditions will occur in the north of japan, especially the region of kkaido, 100 millimeters, flooding around happening, more floods happening, too. now, this your forecast into the weekend. i know many people are enjoying summer vacation right now. nag no sunny weather will continue with scorching hot conditions. tokyo will see one more day of wet weather into friday but
drier over the weekend. let's go to the central pacific. we have been watching tropical storm hilda. hilda has been moving at a very slow space, moving at 7 kilometers toward the west. this will likely weaken to a tropical depression and pass south of hawaiian island on thursday. so it is expected to bring heavy rainfall across the island as well as dangerous surf conditions across the east and southeast coast of the island. of course the rest of hawaii will face the risk of rain and strong winds. now in argentina, heavy rains are causing flooding across the capital area. take a look at this video. residents in buenos aires and provinces have been dealing with rain for almost a week and that's leading to serious problems. so far three people have died and more than 10,000 people have been evacuated. many schools and businesses are closed. now, it's winter. it's kind of a dry season for you.
so heavy rain is quite unseasonable. more wet weather expected for buenos aires expected thursday, drier through the weekend. finally over europe getting wet and cool across the west but heat is still dominating across the east. so temperatures remain much, much hotter than average. about 10 degrees higher than normal across the east. here is your extended forecast. ♪ ♪
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