hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm yoshi ogaswara. we begin here in japan, where coronavirus cases continue to climb. tokyo confirmed a near-record high number of infections in the city on friday, 462. the daily tally surpassed 200 for the past 11 days with two-thirds of the latest cases coming from people in the 20s and 30s. the governor of tokyo announced a plan to bolster medical services.
>> translator: we will be securing hospitals to specialize in covid-19. >> two hospitals will now exclusively care for coronavirus patients, each offering about 100 beds. officials plan to secure 200 more covid-19 beds spread across 14 hospitals. ministers and experts met on friday to discuss anti-virus measures. the experts proposed using a fofour-stage classificatation sm to monitor the coronavirus situtuation. the approach would use six criteria, including case numbers and the percecentage of coronavirus tests which provide posititive results.s. they say many parts of the country are in stage two, seeing a gradual spread. the head of the expert panel says at stage three, officials should ask bars, which aren't following virus prevention guidelines,, to close. >> translator: when the situation is classified as stage
four, logically speaking, it's time to issue a state of emergency declaration. >> the minister in charge of the coronavirus response says the priority must be supporting the medical system. >> translator: the criteria are guidelines. we shouldn't automatically follow them when evaluating the situation, but make judgments in a comprehensive manner and respond promptly, boldly, and quickly. >> officials say plans to secure a vaccine are progressing. health ministry officials say japapan is beginning clinical tt this is month for a vaccine being developed by british pharmaceutical giant a astrazena andd oxford university. ifif all goes wewe, japan would receive its first supply of the vaccine sometime between january and march. officials say the deal would see
the country receive 120 million doses. japan confirmed more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases on friday, that includes record highs in osaka and okinawa, which saw 255 and 100 infections respectively. so far, more than 46,000 cases have been confirmed across the country, more than 1,000 people have died. three more countries ratified the u.n. treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons on thursday. the 75th anniversary of the u.s. atomic bombing of hiroshima. ireland, nigeria, and the small island nation of nuee bring the total ratifications to 43 of the 50 reqequired for the pact t to take effect. the irish representatative to t u.n. said rivalries between nucleaear-armed states are increasing the risks posed by the weapons.
>> ireland will use every opportunity to reiterate that nuclear weapons are inhumane, indiscriminate, and beyond any possible legal use. >> e eye near ju's u.n.. representative saiaid natations vesting totomuch in apapons of mass destrucuction. >> governments should bee directing scarcee resources int programs that preserve and protect human health and well-being. >> the 2007 treaty prohibits the development, possession and use of nuclear weapons, but the world's nuclear powers and their allies do not support it. that includes the u.s., russia, china, and japan. the u.n. chief said thursday, he hopes it will enter into force quickly. the review conference for another landmark pact the treaty on the nonproriff lags of nuclear weapons has been postponed to next year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons has
been wund of the leading advocates of the nuclear ban treaty. and in 2017, ikan won the nobel peace prize for its efforts. nhk world's nishikawa mitt sue cospoke to the executive director about how the movement is progressing. >> beatrice finn says the next few months are crucial. her team game gave themselves through the end of the reach to reach an ambitious goal, get enough signatures to put the treaty into effect. >> we always aimed to be getting 50 in 2020. and d obviously,y, the covid-19 slowowed down some processsses. so we still think there's a really good chance we can get ththe ratifications needed this ar. so we'e're working very, very hd on that. >> reporter: japan is among the countries ican is hoping will join. on thursday, prime minister abe shinzo said that, as the only country attacked by atomic bombs, it's japan's mission to realize a world without nuclear weapons.
but fihn wonders why the commitment hasn't been backed by action. >> there is no leadershihip rig now onon nuclear disarmament fr japan's side. rather the opposite. japan is going backwards as well and undermining its own resolutions that it put up a long time agago. and ---- and weakening lguage en documents. and that's very serious, and i think that's an insult to this survivors of the hibakusha. so we really -- we know the japanese people want the government to sign this treaty. >> reporter: fihn says the ongoing pandemic further highlights why governments should be investing in people, not weapons. >> this s pandemic has really shown us where the threat to our security are and we cannot solve these things with nuclear weapons. as i said, the nuclear arms state spent $73 billion on nuclear weapons last year.
imagine how many ventilators, doctors, nurses, icu beds we can do for that. imagine how many vaccinations we could develop. >> reporter: she credits atomic bomb survivors for spreading the message of nuclear-free world. but she says their time is running out. >> it's so important. given that it's probably one of the last milestones where we will still have survivors who are able to speak about it, who are able to remember it, in first person. i really do think that it's up to us to use this moment as s mh as posossible, to share their stories. and we -- we are realllly, you knkn, working g hard to make su that the survivors as well, the hibakusha can see the young generation that are coming and making a promise that we will -- we will finish this job. we will do this for you. >> reporter: fihn isn't able to attend this year's ceremonies due to the pandemic, but she will join world leaders for an
online event on sunday, 75 years after an atomic bomb killed an estimated 70,000 people, in nagasaki. nishikawa mitsuko, nhk world. as the day of remembrance for nagasaki approaches, a photo book of survivors has been reissued. the people portrayed in the book are all deceased but the publisher hopes their message about that tragic day will live on. >> the book is titled "testimonials from nagasaki." this is the first reissue in 50 years. the pictures were taken by a group of amateur photographers. the leader of the group, murastao sakaya was in his 30s at the time. he was not skilled in trophy but hopeto p poray hisisubjects as inmamatelys popossle. fururu sumiko who wro her expeenences as a survivor was on of h h models. shsh alwaysore a wig in public ter losing her hair from
exposure to nuclear radiation. she made an exception for him. . >> translator: i asked fukuda to take her hat off when i photographed this. as she was taking it off, she said "i'm a woman also" and her eyes swelled up with tears. i'm so grateful t to her for enduring such humiliation to pose for this photo. >> reporter: yamaguchi senji, the leader of a civic movement organized by the survivors also posed for murastop. he agreed to be photographed taking a bath.. he agreed to be photographed taking a bath.ato. he agreed to be photographed taking a bath. >> translator: although some requests were unusual, i think some of the survivors were cooperative because they wanted to show their true selves.
>> reporter: many years later, yamaguchi became the first atomic bomb survivor to give a speech at the u.n. hoholding up muir sato's photograph he pleaded for the abolition of nuclear weaponsns.h he pleaded for the abolition of nuclear weapons.sato's photogra he pleaded for the abolition of nuclear weapons.sato's photogra he pleaded for the abolition of nuclear weapons.rasato's photogh he pleaded for the abolition of nuclear weapons. all the survivors in the book have since passed away. murasato decided a new issue was needed so their voices could ti still be heard. >> translator: i feel bad for them, because our world hasn't made much progress, even though they expose thehemselves in the photographs to promote their message. >> reporter: kuroski was one of
the photographers on murasato's team. he continues to document photos to ban nuclear weapons. . is an annual memorial for fukuru sumako. high school students read her poements and this is how kurosaki captured the event last year. another of his photos shows a choir sing being adommic bomb survivors. >> translator: if we let our efforts end when the survivors dieeothing wilill be pasassed d to the next generation. i hope the survivors messages will be expressed through these two additional photographs. >> reporter: the two photographs were included at the end of the photo book with a messagage. it reads, "as long as wee do no forget about t s survirs a and their d desire to create a peacaceful world witithout nucl weaponons, theirir spirit will forever.r."
pope francis said h his v v to hiroshima and nagasaki last year gave him the opportunity to reflect o on the destruction of human life and property. the pope reiterated what he said then, the use of atotomic energ for purpoposes of war is immora just ass the possessing of nuclear weapons is immoral. he also took to twitter to urge the resources spent on the arms race instead be used to promote integral human development and to protect the natural environment. we turn now to the latest on the explosion this week that devastated the lebanese capital of beirut. so far it's claimed the lives of more than 135 people and injured about 5,000 others.
people there are angry about both the response to the blast and what led up to it. protestors t threw rocks at security forces, who lobbed tear gas at the small crowd. the group also set fires, citing frustration with the blast and lelevel of support for victims. lebanese authorities have taken 16 people into custody, including officials from a port housing the chemical that fueled the explosion. huge amounts of ammonium nitrate had been stored there for the past six years. this man who lost his friend says he wants justice. >> that a decision against the guilty person will come down, will make us calm down. otherwise, the lebanese people will not relax without finding the mumurderer. >> s some believe the e highly
explosive chemical was not properly stored. investigators have not released an official cause of the blast, but local media report that welding work near the storage warehouse may have set the first spark. japan's nippon steel says it has filed an appeal of a south korean court ruling over wartime labor that allows the steelmak steelmak steelmaker's assets to be seized for liquidation. the court earlier said documents ordering the seizure were delivered to the court on tuesday. the courts are expected to begin procedures to sell nippon's assets. the proceeds are planned to be used to compensate south korean plaintiffs who say they were forced to work in the company's factories during world war ii. officials at nippon steel insist that the wartime labor issue was completely and finally settled by a 1965 agreement on the right to claim compensation. the officials added that the company will continue to act in
line with diplomatic negotiations between the two countries. the japanese government also says the formal agreement settles any right to claims. the treaty was made when the two countries normalized ties. tokyo has been urging seoul to rectify what it calls a situation in which international law is being violated.
the remnants of a typhoon have brought record rain and winds to northern hokkaido. our meteorologist sayaka mori joins us now with the details. >> rain has been a big problem for japan, as well as south korea. on friday,the former typhoon hit tokyo bringing heavy rain and strong winds. central region of south korea has been experiencing rainfall for 45 days or so that has led to serious flooding. look at this video coming out of japan, as well as south korea. it brought stormy weather to northern hokkaido on friday. evacuation orders have been issued and some train services have been canceled in the area. roads have turned like rivers. meanwhile in south korea, authorities issued a rare flood alert due to heavy rain. the han river reached the highest level in nine years.
hokkaido experienced about 150 mill meters of rain in 24 hours, that's the all-time record, very strong winds buffetted the airport as well. conditions are looking across hokkaido because it will continue to pull away from the north. the rainy season front will continue to batter the korean peninsula and hoe hoe cue region so we'll see more heavy rainfall. it looks like the heaviest rain will fall in parts of south korea and north korea as well into early next week. some areas might see nearly 300 millimeters of rain or so, so flooding and landslides will be a very high concern across the korean peninsula. areas to the south of the frontal system is heating up. the high rose to 35.4 degrees celsius in tokyo, making the highest temperature of the year so far and 37.1 degrees was recorded in shizuoka as well. temperatures are going to be in the 30s or mid-30s every day into next week especially in western japan.
nagoya 35. 35 every day into tuesday. tokyo 33 so it's going to be a little bit on the cooler side compared to what we saw on friday but still very hot and we'll see sunny weather persisting into next week. to avoid heat stroke, drink plenty of liquid, of course not alcohol, and wear light colored clothing and hat and of course don't leave your pets and kids unattended inside your vehicle. we have a couple of tropical disturbances near the philippines, one here could intensify to a tropical storm near the okinawa region on sunday. the other one here will likely have the southwest monsoon so the west coast of the philippines will receive drenching rainfall into early next week. that's it for me. have a nice weekend.
this is "newsline biz." i'm gene otani. president donald trump has ordered bans on u.s. transactions with the owners of chinese social media app tiktok and wechat. this adds to escalating tension between washington and beijing. the executive orders target bite dance the owner of tiktok and tencent that operates the wechat messaging app. they cite national security concerns. the bans will take effect in 45 days. the order against tiktok says the app threatens to allow the
chinese communist party access to personal and proprietary information of americans. it says that could potentially allow china to acquire personal information for blackmail and conduct corporate espionage. microsoft continues talks to acquire the u.s. operations of tiktok. president trump has said if an agreement can't be reached by september 1 15th, tiktok will b shut down in the country. meanwhile a u.s. government working group proposed delisting chinese companies that fail to meet auditing requirements. the group submitted a proposal to trump, it says chinese firms should face tougher auditing rules and they should be delisted from american exchanges by january 2022 if they don't abide by them. a chinese foreign ministry spokesperson criticized trump's executive orders. wang when-bin said washington is invoking national security as a pretext and is using state power
to oppose non-amamerican businesses. japan andberry pain are working to conclude an agreement covering bilateral trade now that the u can, has left the european union. the two sides are discussing tariffs on farm and industrial products as well as the treatment of digital data. japan's foreign minister and britain's international trade secretary are holding talks in london. sources say they are considering including a clause on corporate data as part of the new economic partnership agreement. the provision is designed t to restrict the two governments from collectining data from domemestic companies excepept f reasons o of national security. the two countries hope to set a precedent for the treatment of corporate data. behind the move is concern that excessive government data collection will hamper the business activities of companies. japanese gaming giant
nintendo saw earnings surge in the latest quarter as many people stayed home amid the covid-19 pandemic. the company says sales in the april to june period stood at 358 billion yen or about $3.4 billion, that's more than double the it figure in the same period of 2019. net profit was about $1$1 billi, a jump of more than sixix times from last year. saleles of the switctch consolee robu robust. its g game software "animal crossing" became a smash hit selling more than 10 million copies during the three months. people in china are at the forefront of new technologies that are improving their everyday life. the government is working to reverse an economic slump caused by the coronavirus by fostering the development of artificial intelligence and the 5g network.
nhk world's makita naoki reports. >> reporter: on a busy street in shanghai, this taxi is being steered by technology alone. it's part of a trial by china's ride hailing giant dd that offers passengers a free ride. a screen inside the vehicle shows in realtime how road condnditions are beieing taken account based on information from the attached rider and camera. each day around 100 people can reserve a ride. for now, the test vehicle is limited to a seven-kilometer route in a designated area. in case of an emergency, a safety worker sits in the driver's seat and can intnterve inin needed. >> translator: it responded well to road conditions and made good judgmements about nearby vehicl and pedestrians. when a car suddenlyy jumped out from the side, it braked
quickly. i felt safe. >> reporter: dd plans to increase the number of locations and routes within the next few months. shanghai residents are also getting used to this mobile lunch van. it's an autonomous vehicle that gets sent to a specific location toto sell boxed meals. developed by beijing based venture, the four-wheeler already proved its value in wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. it delivered medicines and supplies to hospitals during the height of the crisis. the vehicle can be deployed anywhere, but it's popular near office areas. payment is made via qr code. more than 60 lunch boxes were sold at this site over the course of an hour.
>> translator: it takes half an hour to go to a restaurantt or order delivery, but this takes only five minutes. ai is attracting a lot of attention with this type of service, and i think it will stimulate new demand. >> reporter: the company plans to increase its fleet of drivers vehicles to 1,000 and deploy them to cities across chinina. >> translator: the s spread of w infrastructure such as 5g will strongly improve our key technologies. as an innovator we want to help change people's lifestyles. >> reporter: drivers vehicles are just one example of how technology is helping to build new business. chinese firms are exploring its potential across a range of sectors. ma kita naoki, nhk world, shanghai. all right, let's have a look at the markets.
>> you are watching france 24. beirut trying to clean up theier city after tuesday's devastating explosion at the port. the death toll is at 154. thousands have been injured. some 300,000 left homeless. officicials say it will cost $15 billion to rebuild. they are already mired in eight financial crisis before the blast. people are angry and they want answers. tear was f fired on dodozens. negligence is being