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. welcome to "newsline." i'm gene otani. here is a look at some of the stories we are following this hour. signs of a thaw, the leaders of ukraine and russia meet for the first time since the shooting down of a malaysian airliner. is rayly rayly administrations drag on and approval for the prime minister plummets. a japanese court has ruled a fukushima operator was responsible for the suicide of an evacuee after the 2011
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the presidents of ukraine and russia have met in the capital of belarus, petro poroshenko and vladmir putin haven't been face to face since the shooting down of a malaysian airliner over ukraine. attention is focused on whether the talks will help make the talks will help make progress toward a cease-fire. the summit in mince can is attended by senior officials of the european union. russia is joined by officials are belarus and kazakhstan. it was designed to not isolate russia hinting at the possibility of a bilateral meeting between kiev and moscow. tensions are flairing in eastern ukraine where pro-russian militants are based. they are intensifying their offensive in the donetsk region. the united nations says more than 2000 people have been killed since april. putin is scheduled to visit japan in the autumn for talks with prime minister shinzo abe.
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nhk world kurando tago spoke with him and asked how the current crisis in ukraine may affect russia. >> reporter: japan and russia need to revolve outstanding issues that have been lingering for decades. the two countries have still not signed a peace treaty ending world war ii. the japanese government says four islands were illegally occupied by sovereign forces after the war. it maintains the russian-controlled islands are an inherent part of japan's territory. prime minister abe aims to resolve the issues. he attended the opening ceremonies of the sochi olympic winter games despite a boycott by many western leaders where he met putin for the fifth time. they agreed on putin's visit to japan. russia's ties with the west deteriorated rapidly following the downing of the malaysian
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passenger airlines jet over eastern ukraine. russia's foreign minister said that putin's planned visit to japan remains unchanged. japan will make a comprehensive decision that takes into account its national interests. >> professor toshihiko ueno is an expert on russian politics. he says it is in the russian leader's interest to strengthen ties with japan. >> from russia's point of view, japan is a part of this encirclement strategy. but it hasn't adopted any real tough sanctions. so i think russia is probably expecting japan to maintain a somewhat neutral attitude in this regard. sergei lavrov has at least signaled that there is no
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intention on the part of russia to cancel president putin's visit to japan. in a way, russia is promoting japan to move forward with preparations for the next step. >> reporter: japan has imposed sanctions on russia but they are limited to restricting entry of more than 20 russians into japan. observers say they wouldn't cause much damage to either of the country's economies, specially when compared to western country's tougher sanctions. chief cabinet secretary says the government has yet to confirm the date of putin's visit. >> translator: japan will make a comprehensive decision that takes into account its national interests. >> reporter: the professor believes that it will better serve japan to go ahead with the visit. in a way, the japanese side is mindful of russia's position and eager to maintain good relations. i think we can presume it is signaling to moscow its
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willingness to push forward with negotiations on a peace treaty. i believe the current situation could help japan draw some concessions from russia. japan needs to continue negotiating with russia. it would be better for japan to accept president putin's visit. >> reporter: at a time when russia is facing international criticism, a visit by putin to japan could provide an opportunity to move forward on one of the most crucial bilateral diplomatic issues. kurando tago, nhk world. the israeli prime minister appears to be losing support at home. results of a poll suggests public satisfaction with benjamin netanyahu is declining as israeli military options in gaza continue. the violence has left 64
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soldiers and four civilians dead on the israeli side. 2,131 palestinians have been killed, many civilians. the latest public opinion poll shows the approval rating for netanyahu has fallen to 38%. it is a dramatic drop from the 82% he enjoyed shortly after he sent ground forces into gaza last month. hamas has increased rocket attacks against israel. on friday, a mortar shelling killed a 4-year-old boy in southern israel and forced neighbors to evacuate. residents are criticizing the government for failing to issue a warning. newspapers and other media have started to be critical of the government reflecting growing waryness among the israeli people. a fukushima court has ruled that the 2011 nuclear accident was to blame for an evacuees suicide. it has ordered tokyo electric power company to compensate the
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woman's family. it is the first such ruling against the utility. the fukushima district court acknowledged causal links between the accident and the suicide. it ordered tepco to pay nearly half a million dollars in damages. presiding judge said the accident caused the woman great mental anguish. she was forced to leave her home after the nuclear accident. when she was allowed to return for a short visit in july, 2011, she doused herself in gasoline and set herself on fire. watanabe's home is 35 kilometers from the nuclear plant. the area is a designated evacuation zone. her husband and three children say her death was caused by depression. they say as an evacuee, she faced an uncertain future.
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her husband and lawyers welcomed the ruling. it will have a significant impact on nuclear compensation issues in the future. >> the court showed understanding of my family's struggle. when i go home, i want to tell my wife to rest in peace and that everything has been taken care of. tepco offered condolences and says it will study the ruling. and respond to it. the government says about 130 suicides are linked to the 2011 earthquake and nuclear accident. courts are now reviewing two other cases. over 125,000 people still cannot return to their homes. thousands are suing tepco and the government for damages. a group of asylum seekers is suing the australian government over conditions during their detention on a remote island in the indian ocean. patchari raksawong is following the story.
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lawyers representing the asylum seekers have named a 6-year-old girl as the lead plain tiff. she is one of 148 children among more than 1,000 people currently being detained on christmas island. the presence of so many youngsters has bolstered international criticism of australia's tough immigration policy. lawyers have filed a class action lawsuit. it claims the lead plaintiff has spent one year in detention and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. the lawyers are seeking compensation for her and more than 300 other detainees. >> we can't through compensation give people back their years through detention nor children back their childhoods. >> prime minister tony abbott says australia needs a tough immigration policy to stop human trafficking. immigration minister, scott
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morrison, last week, announced a plan to release some child detainees following pressure from human advocates. the plan only applies to 150 children held on the australian mainland out of a total of 876 children currently in detention. 60,000 people reached australia shores by boat between january and july 2013. many were fleeing conflict or poverty in asian countries. the number of boat people has decreased sharply since abbott took office last september. cambodia's ruling party has offered a significant concession in the country's long political standoff following last year's disputed election. lawmakers from the cambodian people's party backed the election of a key opposition figure to the post of first deputy chairman.
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kem sokha is deputy leader of the main opposition, cambodia national rescue party. he received 116 of 122 possible votes. >> translator: this is a gift from the cambodian people. i hope the cambodian people want real democracy. i believe in them and they continue to vote in support of those who respect human rights, respect the people, and protect the integrity of our country. >> the cambodian people's party of long time prime minister, hewn sen, won a majority of elections in july last year but the opposition alleged widespread fraud. it rejected the results and its supporters held months of demonstrations in upon pehenen. >> the party won a majority of elections last year, but the opposition alleged widespread fraud. it rejected the results and supporters held months of demonstrations. the two sides finally came to agreement in july to share power in parliament. the deal ended a stalemate that left cambodia without a functioning legislature for a year. but divisions may take longer to
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fix. the prime minister has dominated cambodian politics for 29 years. opponents accuse him of acting like a dictator. around 5,000 women each year become victims of so-called honor killings. that's according to an estimate by the united nations. honor killings are most common in male-dominated societies in the middle east and south asia and they often follow disputes over marriage. nhk world reports on one pakistani woman who was attacked by her family but lived to tell her story. >> reporter: this woman is 19 years old. we met her as she was being treated in hospital for horrific injuries inflicted by members of her own family. they tried to kill her for refusing her uncle's order to marry a wealthy relative. >> translator: i had no interest in my uncle's choice.
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i was promised to another man since four years ago. so i was already engaged but my uncle refused to allow it. he said i would be getting married in a few days. >> reporter: saba was afraid of being forced to marry the other man, so she ran away and wed the man she chose. her father and uncle lured her to a remote location by a river. there she was beaten by members of her family. they shot her in the face and hand with a gun. >> translator: i imagine my uncle and family felt humiliated when things didn't go their own way. i never want to experience such fear again. >> reporter: trying to change traditional mindsets is the mission of this ngo.
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it holds awareness seminars in areas where honor killings are relatively common. but the reaction isn't always positive. and not only among the men. >> translator: it's the women who are responsible for creating the cause for such killings. >> translator: women are wrong to disobey their fathers and siblings. this won't happen if they are obedient. >> reporter: traditional communities in pakistan are dominated by men. a man seen as unable to control his female relatives can be ostracized, both socially and economically. we spoke by phone with a man who killed his daughter after she left home to marry the man of her choice. >> translator: if i didn't kill
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my daughter, i would lose society's respect. people would look down on me. we have no choice but to kill our daughters. it's social pressure. honor killing is the only solution. >> reporter: two months later, saba has been discharged from the hospital. her uncle and other relatives eventually were arrested. she has started a new life with her husband and his family, but her face still bears the scars of her attack. she hopes society will change so other women can be spared her ordeal. >> translator: women should be free to choose who they want to
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marry. it's absurd that they be killed for this. i hope society changes so women can choose for themselves how to live. >> reporter: the pakistan government has established shelters for women but legislation to comment on the killings remains inadequate. over 400 cases have already been reported in pakistan this year alone. without greater efforts to change both laws and minds, many more women are destined to become victims in the name of honor. nazar ul islam, nhk world, pakistan. that wraps up our bulletin i'm patchari raksawong in bangkok.
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students are planning to head to china on a trip designed for cultural ties. officials hope this will be a stepping stone toward improving diplomatic relations. me shi coknee shaka wa reports. >> reporter: the china/japan friendship association is organizing the week-long trip. 100 students are expected to leave next monday and meet university students. the chinese government will cover all the costs. authorities in china and japan have counselled exchange programs in the past. many of them after japan nationalized some of the senkaku islands in the east china sea in 2012. japan controls the islands. china and taiwan claim them. the director of japan's friendship association says the program offered this time is not just a simple trip.
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>> translator: i can see the chinese government is beefing up their policies to mend ties. diplomats from both sides have held many talks. behind the scenes. since the beginning of this year. >> reporter: he also says he wants the students to act as japan's ambassadors. >> translator: i want students to see as many things as possible, talk with lots of chinese students. knowing and mingling with each other is the most important thing to improve relations. >> reporter: he says china has started to pave the way to build healthier relations by initiating the largest scale
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exchange program. leaders from both countries will attend the apex summit in november in beijing. there's a growing expectation they will hold talks on the sidelines. mitsiko nishikawa nhk world, tokyo. a japanese city assemblyman a journalist has won a prestigious award. a journalist who has been called the most dangerous woman in china has won a prestigious award. she is the editor in chief of a media group that publishes four magazines and delivers news online. she's been honored for her reporting into corruption. nhk's daisuke azuma has her story. nhk's daisuke azuma has her story. >> reporter: she has been one in china leading journalist for more than 30 years. in 2009, she and her colleagues
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set up a publication. it publishes news in both chinese and english. she won the award. many regard it as asia's version of the nobel prize. the foundation commends hu for her unrelenting commitment to truthful journalism. what do you think about the prize? >> translator: i'm very happy and excited to receive the award. i see it as a prize given to our team, not to me as an individual. >> in late july, china's communist party disclosed it was investigating a high-ranking member of the committee. rumors circulated that he had been ousted. but china's media tightly controlled by the communist party have not been clear about his fate.
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on the other hand, the mainland chinese news operation keeps publishing reports alleging those crime practices over many years. his activities are said to be connected to his oversight of china's development and administration. they also reported on the personal relationships he had built as the head of the province. >> translator: we had been investigating suspicions about him for over a year. by around february this year, our story was already drafted. we gathered lots of information. we interviewed people in china and abroad to verify details. we are proud that we were able to publish the story quickly. >> why was the media able to dig so deeply into the alleged corruption of a powerful official.
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some chinese media say it was because hu has close ties with country's leaders. they also point out her family has been involved in the media for generations. but hu says the media is under pressure from chinese government just like any other organization. >> translator: we are under a lot of pressure. it would be easy to abandon the effort, but we can't. if we face difficulties at home or abroad, we pursue various channels and change our methods to get to the truth. that's our responsibility. by doing this, we can help chinese society move forward. >> they said it's necessary to integrate chinese state-run media like news agencies with internet-based services. they suggest that the government
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is trying to tighten its grip on the media. we will be watching to see if they keep enjoying as much freedom as they do now. daisuke azuma, nhk world. two hurricanes are churning over waters near north america. our meteorologist, sayaka mori joins us with the details. >> yes. we have been watching a couple of hurricanes. one is located over the eastern pacific. the other one is located near the bahamas bringing some rainfall. both of them will stay over the waters and both of them will create dangerous storm surges and rip currents for the coastal locations. we have some video of powerful winds coming out of southern mexico. people saw large swells monday causing high levels of water to crash on floor. red flags are posted along the coast to warn people of the dangerous suffer and rip currents for the north in kolima, some of the beach-run properties have been damaged because of the high waves and
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winds. at least three fishermen remain missing after their boat capsized. we have some good news. the system has weakened to a category 2 system. it used to be a category 5 system. it will stay offshore. storm surges and rip currents will likely make its way toward the north as we go into the next several days. southern parts of california. precipitation-wise, it should be no problem. across the eastern areas, this is cristobal. cristobal has been bringing some rain and strong winds for the bahamas and turks and caicos islands. it will likely move away from these islands and get close to bermuda by wednesday night local time as a hurricane. it could drop about 100 millimeters of rainfall will likely move up to the northwest. it is not going to make landfall in the atlantic coast of the u.s. these areas will see rip currents and rough seas for the next several days. watch out for that. we have some intense rainmaker affecting areas from eastern canada to the mid part of the u.s. underneath it, flooding rains
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likely along with gusty winds and thunderstorms. flooding rain is occurring over the four corners region. 200% of monthly rainfall could fall in parts of arizona. flash flood is going to be high risk for this area. no precipitation once again for california. los angeles, your high is going to be about 30 degrees. 30 degrees. close to 30 degrees in seattle. hot weather across the east. the hottest place is going to be the mid part of the u.s. look at these numbers. 33 degrees. a couple of degrees higher than normal. oklahoma city, 37 degrees on your tuesday. the heat is going to be at the dangerous level. please, watch out for heat stroke. now, across europe, as opposed to the u.s., mild and cooler temperatures affected most of the british isles and the northern half of the continent, because of these two low pressure systems are dragging cooler air from the north. there are some spots of thundershowers for most of the northern areas of europe. tornado cannot be ruled out in parts of france, the low
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countries, as well as south of the u.k. into wednesday morning. temperatures are going to be quite cool in the north as i mentioned. only 17 degrees for the high in warsaw. 16 degrees in moscow. in the southern areas, like madrid, your high is going to be up to 34 degrees on wednesday. finally, over japan, quite wet weather is affecting most of central areas of japan. the hokuriku region, about 110 millimeters of rainfall. a new system has formed. more rain to come as we go into the next 24 hours. some rain is likely in the tokyo area. the temperatures are going to be quite low for this time of year. only 25 degrees for the high in tokyo and across china. 28 in shanghai with rainy weather. here is the extended forecast.
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that's "newsline" for this hour. i'm gene otani in tokyo. -- captions by vitac --
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