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osprey grounded. japanese leaders say they'll wait to approve the deployment of a u.s. aircraft after another crash raises concerns. welcome nhk "newsline." japanese authorities want to know what went wrong at an air base in the u.s. before they allow a new american aircraft to fly in their skies. an osprey crashed wednesday in florida. five crew members were hurt. u.s. air force investigators are looking into the accident. american military officials say the cv-22 osprey went down during a routine training mission at the hurlburt field air force installation.
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u.s. marines plan to deploy 24 ospreys in okinawa, but they are expected to use a different model, the mv-22. ospreys combine the features of a plane and helicopter and can take off and land vertically. the u.s. air force and marines use them. two american marines died in april when an osprey crashed during a drill in morocco. u.s. authorities blamed human error for that accident. japanese leaders are now awaiting the results of the investigation into the florida crash. they say until they have them, they'll postpone procedures for the deployment of the osprey. >> translator: we will not make any new moves until we learn about the details of the accident. >> before this florida crash, u.s. military leaders had hoped to deploy the mv-22 osprey later this year. they want to replace some aging helicopters in okinawa. they've been seeking approval to
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test the osprey next month at a base in western japan. the mayor says the florida crash provides more proof the osprey is not safe. the city hosted the u.s. futenma air station for a long time, some say too long. many people there don't want the aircraft to be added to the base's arsenal. >> translator: i want the japanese and u.s. government to cancel the deployment of osprey to the u.s. futenma air station. the base is located in a densely populated part of the city. this aircraft would put local residents in great danger. nhk world's michio has been following this story. as i have been mentioning, the japanese government decided to suspend procedures for deploying the osprey in okinawa. quite a turnaround of events. >> the decision indicates the seriousness of wednesday's accident although no one was killed this time. the u.s. marines plan to deploy
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ospreys to the futenma station in october this year but the move has been facing strong resistance from local residents. the issue has become a sore point between the u.s. and japanese governments. a high ranking defense ministry official who asked not to be named, said the timing of the accident couldn't have been worse. a rally at the futenma base to protest the deployment is planned for as soon as sunday. the accident will inevitably add fuel to the protests. >> talking about protests planned. locals are not obviously happy. >> yeah. the osprey suffered a number of crash during its development. an osprey accident occurred in afghanistan two years ago and another crash in morocco in april of this year. in addition, in 2004, a u.s.
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marine corps helicopter crashed on the university campus near futenma air station. the crash fueled the local people's doubts about the aircraft in general. osprey that crashed in florida is a different model than those involved in past accidents. but they share a basic structure. it took the united states two months to issue a report about the morocco accident. the report ruled out mechanical failure as a cause. details on the latest crash are not expected for some time. the marine corps has been replacing its aging helicopter at its bases around the world with ospreys, which can transport troops more quickly. okinawa's included in the project. japanese government sources say the deployment of -- is
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technically moderate and does not require japanese permission. but considering the political impact of the deploy thement is likely to be delayed. aung san suu kyi has called on the international community to support myanmar in a way that support des mockeracy. patchari raksawong has more details. >> aung san suu kyi has made the first keynote speech of her european tour. her audience was the u.n.'s labor organization in geneva. she praised the resilience of workers in myanmar. >> despite many years of isolation and repression, our people can still boast a social, political and economic awareness that given sufficient latitude would bring our country in line with positive developments in the rest of the world. >> aung san suu kyi spent years
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under house arrest before she was elected to parliament this year. she spoke about her experience running for office, saying it filled her with hope. >> during the campaign for the bi-elections of april, i had the opportunity to meet young people from all parts of the country. we were trying to raise political awareness in our country. and it was amazing with what intelligence our young people responded to this campaign. our people are our on the way to creating a society that is worthy of the potential that puts such heart into me and to other members of my party. >> myanmar's political reforms have led to the easing of economic sanctions against the country. aung san suu kyi welcomed the increasing number of investors flocking to myanmar, but she called on them to make their investment decisions wisely.
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>> we would like potential investors to think for us as well as for themselves. we understand that investors do not come purely for altruistic reasons. we expect that investments must pay off, must lead to profits, but we would like these profits to be shared between the investors and our people. >> aung san suu kyi will next travel to norway where on saturday she will finally give her acceptance speech for the nobel peace prize awarded to her in 1991. turning now to afghanistan, an international conference took place in kabul on thursday to discuss the future stability of the country. the attendees were from afghanistan's neighbors, including iran. its delegate criticized america's plans to keep a
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military presence in afghanistan beyond 2014. foreign ministers and others from 14 countries including china, india and pakistan attended the conference. iranian foreign minister salehi was critical of the conduct of international forces in afghanistan. >> i do, however, express our concern over the growing insecurity, massacring of innocent people and violation of human rights by foreign forces present in the country. >> nato led forces have begun a gradual withdrawal scheduled to end by 2014. he said that keeping foreign forces in afghanistan for longer would cause more instability. afghan president hamid karzai said he didn't want the u.s. presence to affect afghanistan's relationship with neighboring countries. he also called on the united states to avoid causing more
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tension in the region. and that's going to wrap up our bulletin. i'm patchari whack sa wong in bangkok. many people in japan are still unconvinced about the safety of nuclear plants. the japanese government is expected to authorize the restart of a plant on saturday. if it does, it will set a precedent for the rest of japan's idle reactors to come back online. that's worry something residents near one plant. they make a living from fishing and have decided to act. takao nabashima reports. >> reporter: fishing is a key industry here in nagasaki prefecture. it's only eight kilometers from the genkai nuclear power plant. tadeshi breeds blowfish here. fishermen are worried about the possible threat to their livelihood after last year's accident at the fukushima dai h daiichi nuclear power plant.
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>> translator: i've realized how dangerous the nuclear plant can be. it's just not acceptable for them to push it on us without offering a fair explanation. >> reporter: people who make the living from fishing are banding together. fisherman's unions in nagasaki unanimously adopted a resolution thursday opposing the restart of the genkai plant. the unions are the first to pass a revolution of this kind. >> translator: if a nuclear accident likeukhihihihihihihihii we're absolutely determined to confront the government on the issue of restarts. >> fishermen say they will remain opposed to the start and the central government and until the utility can provide convincing safety guarantees.
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takao nebeshima, nhk world. shareholders suing tokyo electric power company had their first day in court. they accused utility executives of being responsible for the fukushima disaster by ignoring warnings about earthquakes and tsunami. the 42 shareholders are suing 27 former and current tepco presidents, chairman and other executives. the officials have held posts since 2002. that's when the government warned a huge earthquake could strike the area around the fukushima plant. the plaintiffs argue the executives are responsible for the nuclear accident because they failed to take necessary measures to protect the plant from the quake and tsunami. they are demanding damages of about $70 billion. the executives say they did not -- they did what -- they did what was necessary in line with the government's safety standards. the company has argued nuclear power plants should continue to play a role in japan. the plaintiffs say they want top
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tepco executives to testify in court. they are aiming to clarify who is responsible for the accident. officials in the u.s. state of oregon are trying to get rid of a 20-meter-long problem. they're searching for a company to haul away a piece of debris from japan's tsunami, but the cost estimates to remove the concrete and polyestering foam docks are way too high. oregon officials put out a call for tenders wednesday. six firms made bids, but came in much higher than the estimated $20,000. the state is now offering to pay most of the transport cost if a local government will agree to reuse the dock. if there are no takers, officials will pick one of the six firms by the end of next week and pay for the disposal. the dock drifted ashore june 4th. authorities say -- authorities there say they don't want it back. the march 2011 tsunami dragged
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millions of tons of debris into the ocean. analysts expect more than 40,000 tons of it to reach within ten kilometers of north america's pacific coast by around february next year. cover your head. that's what teachers tell their students when earthquakes strike. but last year's march earthquake proved that that advice may not be good enough if the whole ceiling is coming down. experts released a survey in april showing that even if the main structure of a building survives a earthquake, the buildings may not. construction companies are gearing up to make their building's ceilings as quake resistant as the rest of the structure. >> reporter: this simulation demonstrated what happened inside 2,000 buildings across japan on march 11th of last year. after a room at a factory was shaken for three minutes, the entire ceiling fell down.
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you see, the quake damaged the joints of the wire suspending the ceilings. ceilings in most buildings are hanged beneath the upper floor to make room for duct s and pipes. soon after the disaster, a tokyo construction company began examining the earthquake resistance of its ceilings. the engineers showed that the previous method of ceiling construction couldn't with stand jolts as strong as the march 11th quake. suspended ceilings are common in many kinds of buildings in japan. such ceilings at an airport terminal fell down in the earthquake.
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-- many other structures in the country. experts point out the dangers of these suspended ceilings. they say the audience in this concert hall would have been in great danger if the earthquake struck while performance was under way. kajima corporation is among the many japanese construction companies that are developing reinforcement measures for suspended ceilings. the engineers reinforce the ceiling suspension wires with additional bolts and added diagonal support beams. in tests with the new parts, the new model easily survived shocks of the same level of the initial tests.
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>> translator: the materials we used to enhance the earthquake resistance are commonly available. we discovered that we can reduce damage without developing something entirely new. >> officials at the land ministry are working on establishing earthquake resistance standards for ceilings, but there's no reason you shouldn't look in youratic now to see whether the ceiling won't fall on your head in the next earthquake. this week, global investors will focus on sunday's re-election in greece. the country secured a second multibillion euro package in march consisting of loans and debt restructuring. these include cuts in public sector pay and pensions that are becoming hard to meet.
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the spending cuts have left the economy in a deep recession. in last month's election, many greeks voted for radical party that have vowed to pull the country out of its bailout and austerity agreements. however, if the country renounces its bailout terms, greece's international partners could stop providing the funds which the country needs. sunday's re-election will help determine whether the financial crisis that has plagued europe for over two years is slowly coming under control or about to get much worse. earlier today, our business anchor spoke with martin schulz at fujitsu research institute and a specialist on the european economy. ron started by asking him about the possibility of greece leaving the euro zone. >> well, there is still a high possibility this will happen because it's almost impossible for the people in greece to vote for those parties who brought them into the mess. on the other hand it would be disaster for the economy, for
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most people in general, so it is more likely that they will renegotiate, that they will muddle through. >> let's talk specifically about alexa accept -- tsepras from the radical left coalition is saying. he's saying that greece can manage on its own, reject austerity measures and stay in the eurozone. how realistic is that? >> this is of course not realistic. there will be some renegotiation. if greece leaves it would lead to a big problem for the other members, so they will spend some money to keep them in. >> okay. help us put this in perspective a bit. when people think of greece, they think it's a relatively small economy. what would be the impact, though, on the euro and why does this matter? >> well, it is true that greece is a very small economy in europe, so many policymakers outside greece are making plans. they have their firewalls now
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and they are playing with idea that they are leaving but it's basically the litmus test of what the eu can do. if greece cannot be rescued we will see a banking run in ireland, portugal, perhaps spain and that would be a huge, huge challenge. >> speaking of spain and italy in particular, they are of course struggling with very high bond yields at the moment. how much more would a greek exit impact this. >> there would be a major impact. the situation in greece would deteriorate tremendously. all banks would be bankrupt. that would have an impact on all banks in europe, particularly in spain and italy. we would have seen companies going out of business, almost all of them with euro credit. the rescue plans would be really squeezed and being pushed forward. >> i know that markets have really been looking for some certainty to come from somewhere. what does the eu need to do now to ensure that these problems
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don't spread as some markets are fearing now? >> well the certainties are there, because the solution is basically the same if greece leaves or not. it is a banking union. it is guaranteeing the deficits and credits of all banks in europe. to achieve there that, on top of the monetary union, also a fiscal union to finance the banking union all of the currencies and euro bonds that will have to be underwritten by the strong economies like germany, too. >> what do you think markets are really looking for from the elections? >> well, markets want to have the situation go away. and this is not what's happening. we know europe well enough. we know europe is muddling through, renegotiating, getting close to the cliff but not jumping and this will be the situation this week and next week. >> okay. what do you expect will happen with the elections? what will be the outcome? >> well, it looks like that there will be a reasonable vote
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going on with renegotiations, with remaining in the euro. this is most likely. and this is what basically everybody's betting on. the question is how big the price will be. >> that was martin schulz. u.s. treasure secretary timothy geithner is urging eurozone leaders to figure out ways to calm markets right now. he says they're running out of time to deal with the european debt crisis. geithner called on leaders to come up with concrete plans. they'll gather next week in los cabos, mexico, and get together again later this month at a summit in brussels. >> if you wait to move in these things and you let the market get ahead of you, then you increase the cost of the solution and you make it harder to get there. >> geithner also commented on speculation about greece and some other countries exiting the eurozone. >> they considered this
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carefully and decided it is in the their interest to hold it together, and what they say to us is they will do whatever is is necessary to hold it together. >> he said u.s. officials do not need to play a bigger role in solving the problems. he argus europe is a rich continent and its leaders have the capacity to deal with the issues they face. members of the european parliament aren't ready to sign a free trade deal with japan just yet. they voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to delay negotiations. the eu resolution says the japanese government hasn't done enough to eliminate nontariff trade barriers. in particular, members of the parliament say they haven't done enough. the european commission was seeking approval to start talks on an economic partnership agreement. preliminary discussions between japan and the eu concluded at the end of may. wednesday's decision to delay
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will come as a blow to european counsel president herman van rompei. he had earlier expressed his wish to meet with prime minister yoshihiko noda in july and discuss the final start of the trade talks. for an update on the weather forecast, sheers mai shoji. >> we have been tracking the tropical storm. it will be moving toward the eastern coast of the philippines and likely to turn into a hurricane. storm warning posted against eastern luzon and some of the islands of the philippines. it is now moving at the speed of 20 kilometers per hour and wind gusts packing 126 kilometers per hour and likely on sunday morning, just around that local time, this could pack winds and gusts up to about 200 kph. now this is directly impacting the area with high waves as much as five meters in the eastern seaboards but also enhancing and exacerbating the southwestern
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monsoon. we have been talking about this for a long while now. the western seaboards will also see those high waves as much as five inches. and also the torrential rain to be targeted in the next 24. now take a look at this stationary front. it is lingering over taiwan yet again. and this is going to be bringing additional rainfall of 100 millimeters to some areas that has a report of 100 millimeters. so this is going to be further concern with the high risk of flooding, mudslides and land slides. we have a low pressure system that is along the stationary front that will be developing as it tracks northeast towards japan. kyushu and shikoku reasons are the area where significant rainfall could be possible just in the next 24 hours. flooding is also at very high risk in these regions. and then this will be moving in
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towards eastern japan by friday. also bulk of heavy rain to be found here in northeastern china, as well as northern vietnam, including hanoi. and that could be as much as 100 millimeters in the next 24. bangkok at 36 degrees with chances of isolated thunderstorms. manila at 31. taipei, 29 degrees. also chances of thunderstorms are in place. and tokyo, we're looking at 25 degrees in our friday high and still on friday we will have chances of sunny intervals. so let's enjoy that weather while we can. moving over to the americas now, you can see this cloud formation just below guatemala over water. as we speak, this is intensifying. looks like it's going to be striking mexico as hurricane status. this is going to be the third storm that is named. it is carlotta. it will be maintaining its strength as it makes possible
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landfall on southern coast of mexico just south of acapulco and packing up winds at 70 kilometers per hour. hurricane watches posted in these regions. so let's definitely keep a close eye on this. elsewhere here in the upper midwest is where the severe thunderstorms will be tracking eastward. we cannot rule out the chances of tornadic activity, especially in minnesota and in wisconsin. showers will continue here in florida, miami at 34 degrees. phoenix, take a look at that soaring into the 40s. here's our extended forecast.
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we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo. on behalf of our news team here,
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thanks very much for joining us on nhk world.
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