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back to "newsline." i'm keko kita fwrks awa in tokyo with the latest at this hour. debrief from the earthquake and sue nameny in japan last year is a huge problem and may be a headache in other countries, too. japanese scientists say debris washed out to sea approaching north america. japanese government officials say an estimate 1.5 million tons of debris is drifting on ocean currents. they they ask they they ask scientists to estimate how it's being spread by current and the winds. half submerged objects like
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fishing ships and buoys may have neared north america in february. it prejekts heavy objects will get there this october. 40,000 tons of debris will likely arrive within ten kilometers of the north american shoreline around february next year. japanese government officials plan to talk to officials in japanese government affected countries about ways to plan to talk t clean it up. japan's prime minister has approved a strategy to deal with one of its most pressing issues. yoshihiko noda's government developmented new safety standards for nuclear plants, a step toward restarting the nuclear reactor since last year's accident at fukushima daiichi. noda noda and three cabinet ministers approved the standards after meeting about the ohi plant in fukui prefecture. two of the reactors are at the center of the debate. they supply power to western
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japan. noda and the ministers defined three requirements for restarting nuclear plants. first, the facilities must be equipped to deal with power outages caused by earthquake and tsunami. second, the government has to assess that plans are able to prevent meltdowns. third, utility companies must present a schedule for the introduction of additional preventive measures based on the lessons from the fukushima >> tra accident. >> translator: there's no upper limit to the measures that could be introduced to ensure the safety of nuclear plants. the most important lesson to be learned from fukushima is to say good-bye to the myth that nuclear power is safe. >> industry minister where, ukio edano told kansai electric power company to make sure the facility meets these new standards. he asked he asked the utility to draw up a timeline to implement the recommendations. they will meet against after they will meet against after kansai kansai electric replies to the
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the requests. the first step is to discuss ohi. then then they will discuss restarting the reactors. noda's government said public consent is a precondition for the restarts. japan's kansai region is heavily dependent on nuclear power. meeting this meeting this summer's energy demand will be a challenge without the ohi plant. that's one of the reasons restarting the reactors is getting serious considering. other regions are also expected to face an electricity shortfall. before the fukushima accident, 37 of japan's 54 reactors were running. but since then, no unit that's gone offline for regular maintenance has been allowed to restart. the last the last working reactor will shut down in early may. the unit is on the northern island of hokkaido. the fukushima accident prompted the government to impose safety checks for all reactors undergoing regular maintenance. utilities used computer
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simulations to assess the resistance of the facilities against powerful earthquakes and resulting tsunami. passing these so-called stress tests is a prerequisite for restarting units. members of the nuclear safety commission endorsed the first set of results in march for those two reactors at the ohi plant. but the governor of fukui is demanding the central government come up with stricter safety standards before the units go back online. the government is using these new standards to address public consent about the safety of nuclear plants. the foreign ministers of japan, china, and south korea are joining hands to deal with north korea's planned rocket launch. they'll meet they'll meet this weekend to affirm, solidarity and discuss what they can do. koichiro gemba will meet with
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the chinese foreign minister. the three ministers will all meet on sunday. gemba plans to stress his belief that north korea's planned rocket launch would undermine the region's peace and stability. the ministers will discuss the ministers will discuss what action to take if th action to take if the north koreans go ahead with their launch plans. the japanese and chinese ministers will address bilateral defense issues. talks will focus on ways to avoid maritime conflict in disputed islands in the east china sea. gemba also plans to ask to resume negotiations on joint development of a gas field also in the east china sea. japanese government officials are getting ready to re-test a public warning system ahead of north korea's planned rocket launch. system failed in a test earlier this week. the j-alert system is designed
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to warn the public of national disasters and other threats. it issues alerts through loud speakers. government officials tested the system in the southernmost prefecture of okinawa. this part of japan is near the planned trajectory of north korea's rocket. the system failed to send warnings to speakers in several municipalities. >> translator: t >> translator: this shows bad crisis management. raarararar
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dean maki expects the jobs to pick up. >> our view is that job growth is going to pick back up in over the next few months. we view the three month average of 212,000 as a pretty good gauge of where the job market is right now. we sometimes do get upside surprises, sometimes downside surprises. we had a big upside surprise in january, now a downside surprise in march. we think that what's happening is the economic growth numbers are supportive of about a
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200,000 per month job pace. we think that's enough to continue pushing the unemployment rate down. we see the unemployment rate falling well below 8% by the end of this year. what's happening here with the unemployment rate is the baby boomers in the u.s. are retiring in greater numbers every month. that means the participation rate has been trending down for demographic reasons, that means we need fewer jobs to push that unemployment rate down. the kind of job growth we've been getting over the past few months is enough to push that down, and we do expect that the job market will pick up, producing something like 200,000 per month over the next few months and keep that unemployment rate on a downward trend. >> that was dean >> that was dean maki, chief u.s. economist at barclays and h capital. and here's a three-day world weather forecast.
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that wraps up this edition of "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. thank you for watching.
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