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hello, and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. dozens of passengers are dead after a passenger plane crashed during a landing on a small taiwanese island. the accident occurred during an heavy rain, only hours aft taiwan was battered by a powerful tropical storm. the transasia airways atr-72 was carrying 58 passengers and crew members when it went down. 47 people are reported killed, 11 others injured.
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the plane was flying from kaohsiung to one of the penghu islands. the xinhua news agency quotes taiwanese av as saying the plane's de time had been delayed by more than an hour because of bad weather. the tropical storm slammed into taiwan on wednesday. public transportation and schools were closed. on wednesday evening, kaohsiung was battered by strong winds and heavy rain. two transport planes carrying some of the victims from the downed malaysia airlines flight have landed in the netherland the dutch government has declared a national day of mourning for the crash that killed 298 people. the bodies were flown to the southern city and met by the prime minister mark rutte and the country's king and queen. dutch government officials say they'll lead the interna of the c. but analysts say it remains uncertain to what extent
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pro-russian separatists who control the crash area will cooperate. on tuesday "the washington post" carried satellite photos and other images in its online edition. the images were released by the office of the director of national intelligence. one document shows the missile that downed the jet was launched from an area controlled by pro-russian separatists. officials made the claim based on the downed aircraft's flight path and shrapnel markings as well as sensors that traced the path of the missile. the released photos include social media postings that sho a transporter carrying surface-to-air m the russian bo. two ukrainian fighter jets have been shot down in eastern ukraine. it occurred near where the malaysia airlines passenger plane was brought down. experts say the latest incident may hamper the investigation into last week's crash. a spokesperson for the ukrainian military says pro-russian rebels
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shot down two jets. the aircraft were fired on near where malaysia airlines flight 17 was brought down. the area is controlled by pro-russian rebels. the jets were returning to their base after a military operation. the pilots managed to eject from the planes before they crashed. the israeli military has expanded its ground offensive in gaza. they have moved troops into an urban area in the southern region following a fierce offensive in the north. the conflict has killed more than 600 people. 29 israeli soldiers have died. gaza health authorities say many of the victims are civilians. israeli military leaders are aiming to destroy cross-border tunnels used by hamas militants to infiltrate their side. they say rocket launchers are also concentrated in the area. the troops are facing fierce resistance from hamas militants. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has arrived in tel aviv for talks with israeli prime
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minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas. kerry and u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon are trying to broker a truce with the cooperation of the leaders from egypt and other countries. the crisis in gaza is worsening, and many people are in need of medical care, including children. that's according to a doctor from msf. nhk world's jun yatsumoto has more. >> reporter: kelly dilworth is an msf anesthetist. she has been working around the clock in a hospital in gaza city. she's treated hundreds of patients here since arriving just one week ago. she says the attacks have hit civilians hard, especially the young and weak. >> we are seeing a lot of predominantly civilians, as far as i know.
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and at least 50%, maybe more, women and children. the children, many of them are young. for example in the last 24 hours, i anesthetized three children under the age of 5, all with explosive injuries. multiple injuries have needed intensive care. gaza is a very small area and very densely populated, so they are trying to go either to the u.n. areas or shelters, but these are now very, very crowded with poor hygiene conditions. or they have to find shelter with a family. and some of them, they do not know where to go where it's safe because nowhere is safe at the moment. many of these people in these areas are the poorest people gaza. now their homes have been destroyed. everything they had, all their belongings, is now gone. >> reporter: the worsening
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situation threatens not only gaza citizens but humanitarian aid groups, including msf. however, dilworth and her team say they'll stay where they are. despite limited staff and supplies, they are going to keep attending to the constant flow of people coming to the hospital seeking help. >> we are seeing multiple trauma, terrible blast injuries and brain injuries in all of the patients are very severely injured. this is an obstacle because it is stressful for the team. it means that we have quick with the patients. because we have patients behind you are waiting their turn. all i can do is my job and try and survive with everybody else in gaza for another day. there has to be a cessation of hostility. obviously, from both sides.
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>> reporter: dilworth hopes the international community can help the two sides reach an agreement to end the fighting immediately. jun yatsumoto, nhk world. authorities in china are dealing with a new food scandal. they suspect safety violations at a meat processing facility. they say it was a company-wide practice to ignore the rules. and they have arrested five people in connection with the scandal. the news is sending shock waves not only through china but also here in japan. nhk world's chiaki ishikawa reports. >> reporter: executives at mcdonald's holdings japan on monday told some of their restaurants to temporarily take chicken mcnuggets off the menu. officials at major convenience store chain family mart halted sales on two of their products. the moves came after an
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explosive media report out of china. a tv reporter visited a food processing company called shanghai husi food, and found workers using chicken meat that was past its expiration date. husi is a unit of a u.s.-based food processor. last year, husi supplied mcdonald's japan with 20% of the meat used in its chicken nuggets. that's about 4,300 tons. executives at the fast food giant say they have managed to secure a supply of chicken from other companies. they sts on the menu at all t restau >> translator: i'm worried about this. my boy eats them a lot. >> translator: i just want them to make sure the food is safe.
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>> reporter: the chinese tv report uncovered other alleged health violations. workers dropped food on the floor and instead of cleaning it off or discarding it, tossed it back on the produc line. workers used meat that was more than seven months past its expiration date. authorities at the shanghai food and drug administration helped launch an investigation. they say husi supplied products to nine local companies, including mcdonald's, kfc, and 7-eleven. those companies have suspended sales of some of the products. chinese consumers have been hit by a series of scandals involving tainted food in recent years.
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in 2008, baby formula contaminated with a toxic chemical killed six infants and sickened about 300,000 others. that same year, 14 people fell ill after eating frozen dumplings made by a chinese food processor. a former employee admitted he had laced the dumplings with insecticide. these scandals prompted officials to enact china's first food safety law. but authorities still face a difficult task. earlier this year, they found vegetables contaminated with chemicals. the latest news has left managers of japane and food companies ree. they are trying to confirm whether they procured meat from shanghai husi food and whether they've been touched by the scandal as well. chiaki ishikawa, nhk world.
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joko widodo has been named indonesia's next president. the can-do style leader has vowed to boost the economy, the largest in southeast asia. but his rival is not ready to give up. patchari raksawong in bangkok is following the story. >> joko's opponent prabowo subianto alleges voting fraud and plans to officially challenge the result. the election was the closest in the country's history. and has left a deep political rift in its wake. nhk world's fransiska renatta reports from jakarta. >> reporter: the election results were announced tuesday evening. the following morning, this newsstand in jakarta was filled with headlines expressing hope for joko's management of the country. >> translator: i think joko is a good man for the job. the important thing is that he can do his best for indonesia in every regard and become the choice of all indonesians.
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>> reporter: joko was born into a humble background and has not lost his connection with ordinary people. his candid manner won the hearts and minds of his supporters. he has pledged to work toward bureaucratic reforms, transparency in administrative systems, and eradicating corruption. but losing candidate prabowo subianto insists the election was subject to massive fraud. on wednesday, the prabowo camp announced plans to file an objection with the constitutional court. prabowo is a former military general. he made full use of his background and network ah phase of the cam many politicians, bureaucrat and wealthy families support prabowo. they don't want to lose their vested interests. >> translator: this is a victory for all indonesians.
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we should forget who came first or who came second. let's unite once again. >> reporter: even if the constitutional court acknowledge fraud, the finding would not overturn the election result. among the challenges when joko takes office in october will be how to resolve the political rift that has only grown wider following the election. fransiska renatta, nhk world, jakarta. australian prime minister tony abbott has expressed hope for strengthening ties with neighbor indonesia after president-elect joko widodo takes office. relations soured last year amid phone tapping allegations. >> i did have the chance to speak to the incoming president, the president-elect this morning. we had a very genial conversation.
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my expectation is that australia will have a strong and warm friendship with indonesia future as we have had in the past. >> in november last year, media reported that the australian intelligence agency tried to record phone calls by top indonesian government officials. alleged targets included current president susilo bambang yudhoyono, his wife, and the vice president. indonesian people have been critical of abbott's policy of sending back boat people. many from asia head to australia in boats by way of indonesia. abbott recognizes the strategic importance of indonesia as a gateway to the rapidly growing markets of asean member countries. along with its own growing economy, indonesia has the largest population in southeast
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asia. and that will wrap up our bulletin. i'm patchari bangkok. workers at a chinese construction company have had to endure sleepless nights for the past three weeks. it was on the brink of defaulting on a bond parget but at the last minute, it managed to avoid it. it would have been the first to default on the bond principipals well as the interest. daisuke has more. >> reporter: the company was founded nearly 20 years ago and employs 30,000 people. its businesses include coal mining, public works such as roads and bridges, and
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construction for the private housing market. last year, the company issued a one-year bond through the bank market in shanghai. the company borrowed a total of $65 million at 7.3% interest. but the price dropped sharply and the stagnant domestic sales dealt a blow to the company's bottom line. the repayment deadline was wednesday. employees arrived at the head office this morning. but inside they say it doesn't feel like an ordinary day. >> translator: i like working here, so i'm worried about what will happen to our company. >> reporter: the company admitted there was a possibility of default on july 16th, a week before the bond was due to mature.
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it announced that it was not sure if it could repay the loan, including the principal. the local government realized that this would have a huge effect on the local economy. analysts say that the firm managed to avoid default on wednesday because it received aid from local government. >> i think that the government just want to rescue the company because they want to overcome the problem, unemployment. the unemployment importance is very serious, just damage the stability of the society.
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>> reporter: continuing to bail out companies to avoid defaults poses a hazard to the company. the chinese premier noted that he would allow a certain number of defaults to go ahead. >> translator: it's unavoidable that some financial instruments are going to suffer defaults. the government needs to strengthen its monitoring and avoid systemic financial risks. >> reporter: it's more important for the government to change the market system, to stabilize the nation's economy. >> the problem here is not how to rescue one company, the problem is how to reform the institution and the system to reform the market structure.
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>> reporter: more companies may default, causing concern about the economy, which will surely lead to financial instability. the government faces a difficult future as it works out whether it can stabilize the financial system while controlling defaults. daisuke azuma, nhk world. populous. prosperous. pushing ahead. chain's rise brought it wealth, power, and problems. an income gap divides its people. pollution threatens their health. differences over territory strain relations with its neighbors. find out the challenges china faces. on "newsline." the operator of fukushima daiichi admits radioactive substances may been blown by the wind during work. to remove debris at the nuclear plant.
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inspectors detected radioactive cesium. they say the level of radiation exceeded the governmen standard. experts believe work to remove debris at the number three reactor building last august is a possible cause. officials with tokyo electric power company said period, a tol becquerels of radioactive substances were possibly spread into the air. the plant is estimated to be emitting 10 million becquerels per hour. the utility plans to disassemble the covers over the number one reactor building to remove debris. government officials are urging the company to take measures to prevent dust from spreading when the work is under way. engineers at the plant are also trying to stop the buildup of radioactive water, but the wor isn't goin they say they'll tak measures. water used to cool melted fuel inside the damaged reactors has been leaking into underground utility tunnels. this runoff has been reaching the soil and mixing with ground water and seeping into the sea.
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workers want to freeze the water inside the tunnels before it can leak into the ground. but they haven't managed to complete the work nearly three months after the project began. tokyo electric says it will install more pipes to carry refrigerants in and out of tunnels. regulators have been skeptical about the feasibility of the company's plans. they have suggested other options such as filling the tunnels with concrete. meanwhile, workers are carrying out a separate project to freeze soil and create an ice wall around tre buildings. that's to from entering the buildings. but a delay in efforts the water in the tunnels could hold up that project as well. that's because the ice wall and the tunnels will intersect at some points. some people living inside temporary housing units in a city in northeastern jap about the air they're breathing in. they've been staying there since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, and they're dealing
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with the spread of a fungus that's affecting their health. >> reporter: these are temporary housing units in ishinomaki city, miyaga prefecture. in this room, part of the ceiling is covered by black mold. city officials d replace the portions covered in mold in 40 houses. they say that's about half of the structures in this location. mold has also been found i other temporary hous toshio higuchi and his wife have been living here since their home was destroyed in the disaster. higuchi has to take medicine every day to stop coughing. >> translator: my wheeze gets stronger and stronger. i cough so hard i sometimes faint. >> the cause of his illness was found in his bedroom. mold has grown on the floor.
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experts who deal with this problem check the mold and confirmed it's pathogenic. it's capable of causing allergic symptoms. they say temporary housing is designed to be airtight, and they say that's why the units could have more dust and humidity than permanent houses. even though higuchi's unit is generating mold, he has no choice but to stay here. >> translator: i have nowhere else to go. this is the only place i can live at the moment. >> doctors and other health officials visited temporary housing locations in ishinomaki to investigate. they conducted medical examinations and found abnormalities in the respiratory organs of 32 of the 137 residents. >> translator: there is a possibility that residents are suffering allergic symptoms and pneumonia because of mold.
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even if they don't have any symptoms at this time, problems could develop later if they inhale the mold spores over a long period. >> there are around 6,000 families still living in temporary housing in ishinomaki city. experts say people here need constant monitoring and also regular medical examinations to make sure they stay healthy. french authorities are one step closer to restoring a world famous view of the mont saint-michel abbey floating on the sea. they've opened up a new bridge that connects the islet with the mainland. tourists and residents gathered to celebrate the opening of the bridge. the 750 meter long connection
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allows waters to flow freely below. >> translator: nothing is blocking the view. it's magnificent. >> the bridge is replacing a 135-year-old causeway that made silt build up blocking sea water from flowing into the bay. but officials say with a new structure in place, seawater can now easily flow into the bay, especially at high tide. >> translator: the view from here is great. i think the beautiful floating abbey can be revived. >> people in the area are waiting to see the graceful view of the world heritage site when the causeway is completely removed in september of next year. a polar bear at a zoo has gotten his seasonal treat, an ice block filled with apples.
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wednesday is japan's hottest day, according to the traditional calendar. staff served up a 75-kilogram chunk of ice filled with ten apples to the bear. he gets the chilled delicacy when he loses his appetite during the hot summer months. temperatures in osaka lived up to the old calendar, topping 30 degrees by noon. here's the three-day weather forecast.
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that's all we have this hour on "newsline." stay tuned for more on nhk world.
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