welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of the stories we're following this hour. >> japan's prime minister is offering to help the administrator of the fukushima nuclear plant as it tries to stop radioactive water from seeping into the sea every day. north korea says it will reopen the jointly run kaesong complex after south korea says
the patience of its people was running out. some important papers of human rights icon nelson mandela are the highlight of an art exhibition in tokyo. japan's prime minister is taking action to stop radioactive groundwater at the fukushima daiichi from flowing into the pacific ocean. shinzo abe is considering a plan to give the operator funding to deal with the problem. tepco managers are considering building a large underground wall to dam the ground water. prime minister abe spoke about his decision during a meeting with government officials. >> translator: people are extremely concerned about these leaks. they must be dealt with. the government cannot leave the issue entirely up to the plant operator tepco. we must take steps to help the
utility. >> abe told the industry minister to instruct managers to do whatever they can to stop the leaks right away. it is estimated 300 tons of radioactive ground water is getting into the ocean every day. of the 300 tons accumulates in an area tepco engineers know is contaminated with substances and that's the water leaking into the ocean. 300 tons of ground water doesn't get contaminated and it also flows into the sea. the remaining 400 tons of water leaks into the basements of the building's housing reactors 1, 2, 3 and 4 at fukushima daiichi. tepco workers pump it out and store it. officials say the figures are based on water table offered by
tepco and not a detailed analysis. they say they cannot rule out the possibility that contaminated ground water started leaking into the sea just after the accident at the plant in march 2011. tepco officials admitted for first time last month that contaminated ground water is getting into the ocean. >> translator: we have not checked the figures given by the industry ministry. we are currently unable to say how much of the ground water is getting into the ocean. please give us time to check on this. >> tepco managers are considering freezing the soil beneath reactor buildings. crews would bury a number of pipes underground. coolants kept at minus 40 degrees celsius would be circulated inside. the frozen soil would form something like a wall and act as a dam to prevent water from getting into the contaminated area. it would take one to two years to complete the work and would
be extremely costly to maintain the cooling operations. also, no one has ever succeeded in keeping such an extensive underground area frozen for such a long time. industry officials will meet on thursday to go over details of the plan. many fishermen call tepco's work to stop the leaks inadequate. the current situation forced them to make a tough decision. they've postponed offshore test catches planned for next month. member of a fisheries cooperative were going to carry out the test. the city is 30 kilometers from fukushima daiichi. fishermen suspended all commercial operations after the nuclear reaction, but last year they started catching some types of seafood in limited areas on a trial basis, wanted to expand the area where they do their test fishing as part of their efforts to resume full scale operations. >> translator: we had no choice
but to halt the plan. it is important to gain consumer understanding before we go fishing. >> members say they will decide when to expand test fishing once they get the results of radiation checks they are doing on sea water. north korean authorities say they will reopen an industrial zone they jointly run with south korea. the kaesong complex has been closed since april. it is considered a rare symbol of interkorean cooperation. the committee for peaceful reunification of the fatherland issued a statement saying a failure of the complex would have a grave effect on relations. continue interkorean relations and leaders in pyongyang are responding for an easing of tensions. the statement goes on to say south korean business people would be allowed to enter and
leave the complex in north korea and says the north will ensure safety and that of the assets. north korean workers will return to resume operations. authorities withdrew 52,000 in april. they are protesting against joint military exercises involving u.s. and south korean troops. the north korean statement proposed holding talks on august 14th, regarding the resumption of operations at kaesong. a pokes spokesperson welcomed the relation. >> translator: trying to solve discord over kaesong. they will consider north korea's offer to resume talks on the zone. a major fire has closed down kenya's main international
airport, in the busiest hub in north africa. government officials say no casualties have been reported. the blaze started early on wednesday at the international airport. officials say it broke out at the immigration section of the arrival hall and burned down a major part of the terminal building. hundreds of airport staff and passengers were evacuated and stranded outside. >> what we are doing now at the moment is to make sure that we completely extinguish the fire and then investigations are going to start as to the cause of the fire. >> the fire broke out on the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the night robe by. authorities say there is no indication at this point that the fire is linked to terrorism. all flights to and from the airport have been diverted. the closure of east africa's most prominent gateway could
have a major effect on travel in the region. rescue workers in argentina are digging through rubble after an explosion destroyed part of a ten story building. 12 people have been killed and 60 injured. 15 people are still missing. authorities say a gas leak was probably the blame. the explosion occurred in rosario, argentina's third largest city. the building contained both residential and commercial units. the blast caused a nearby nine-story building to collapse. police have closed off the area within a 500-meter radius. police and fire officials say some people reported smelling gas just before the explosion. japanese transport ministry officials say the u.s. military has banned civilian aircraft from the vicinity of a helicopter crash site in okinawa. but they say control of the air space belongs to japan. they say the u.s. has no authority to impose the restriction.
a u.s. air force helicopter crashed on monday in the compound of the u.s. marine corps camp hansen on okinawa's main island. japanese owe fishes sofficials say they unilaterally banned aircraft for a radius about 11 kilometers around the accident site. they say the ban started at around 10:00 a.m. on tuesday. they say they received no prior notification. the area of the ban does not affect flights to or from naha airport to or from the prefecture. the u.s. controlled okinawa air space for a long time even after the islands reverted to japan in 1972. they transferred operations to japanese authorities three years ago. people in japan and some other nations spent tuesday remembering a dark anniversary. they marked the day 68 years ago the u.s. military dropped an atomic bomb on hiroshima. austrians gathered in front of st. steven's cathedral in
vienna. they said nuclear weapons should be abolished. organizers delivered a speech calling for world peace. participants used crayons to draw on a picture of a bomb and transform it into something else. about 100 people paraded through central vienna holding a banner that read, in german, no more hiroshima. >> translator: an atomic bomb killed many innocent people in one moment. i think such a tragedy should never happen again. >> they released lanterns on a pond to remember victims of the bombing. indians are learning about the experiences of a-bomb survivors in a new way. a publisher in new delhi held an event to launch a hindi version of a manga that looks at the destructive power of atomic weapons. the book is called town of evening calm country of cherry blossoms.
the artist depicts survivors in hiroshima as they struggle with psychological issues and the effects of radiation. tomoko kikuchi translated the story into hindi. she says she hopes it will encourage young indians to think about peace and abolishing nuclear weapons. >> translator: i particularly want younger generations to learn about the lingering effects of radiation from atomic bombs. it can span several generations. >> the manga will go on sale at book stores across india. the country is a recognized nuclear power, but it hasn't signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. hiroshima, nagasaki. the atomic bombings killed thousands of people in an instant and left survivors suffering in the ruins. "newsline" is looking back on
what happened then and what's happened since. don't miss our special coverage, "war to peace: lessons of 1945," through thursday, august 15th. executives at japanese cosmetics phone kanebo said failure caused many users to suffer. they say they are taking steps to see any problems caused by skin whitening products. officials say the customer service and quality control divisions will be integrated into the operations of parent company. they say they first received laints two years ago but that customer service staff didn't recognize the products were to blame leading to delays in addressing the issue. more than 8,600 people saw blotches on their skin. kanebo officials have so far
confirmed the symptoms of more than 4,000 people. they say they hired lawyers to investigate and plan to release the results of the probe by early september. japan's health ministry is urging caution over a popular blood pressure medication that could have unexpected side effects. it has instructed the pharmaceutical company that make it novartis to provide warnings in the information sheets for doctors and clinics. researchers at a government affiliated agency say 41 people who took diovan have complained of skin pain and swelling since 2000. that's when it went on sale in japan. they say they cannot rule out the possibility that diovan was the cause of the problems in 18 of the cases. germany first approved it in 1996. the drug is currently available in 100 countries, roughly 4 million in japan are now taking it. it is the subject of investigations in this country. administrators at two japanese universities say some clinical data used to promote the drug
may have been manipulated. results showing it is more effective than others in treating strokes and angina are highly likely to be wrong. health ministry officials are investigating allegations that former employees were involved in the research. people in tokyo are celebrating the remarkable life of nelson mandela as the former south african president gets treatment in the hospital. they've put on an exhibition. some items have never been seen outside south africa. nhk world takes us there. >> reporter: the display is part of a disaster benefit art show by japanese personalities. the items related to the former south african president are a highlight. this is a copy of a note mandela wrote during his imprisonment.
he was arrested many times for his anti-apartheid activities. he made headlines at his trial in 1964 when, instead of testifying, he made a speech from the dark. he said he would risk his life to realize a democratic and nonracial society. >> it is an ideal for which i lived. it is an ideal for which i still hope to live and see realized. but if it needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. >> reporter: another piece is a copy of a memo mandela wrote after his release from prison. viewers can sense the sort of man who made the effort to remember everything that was happening to him. the notes count his age when he was arrested and when he was released over his long years of imprisonment.
>> translator: it would be hard for me to describe mandela, but i can see he lives for a higher purpose. >> translator: i want my child to be able to fight, full of conviction, just like mr. mandela. i want her to stay strong with a mighty heart. >> this was written on the wall. >> reporter: visitors could also see a copy of the freedom charter written in the holding cell in which mandela once spent many hours. the charter became the platform of the international african congress, which mandela once led. the new constitution of south africa, which was drawn up after authorities ended the apartheid policy included many of the charter's commands. >> we just celebrated mr. mandela's 95th birthday, another major milestone that we thought this was important. so at the heart of this exhibition is to then say to the
japanese community, we all have to contribute to make to help a different and a better world. >> reporter: mandela's powerful words and willingness to die for his beliefs continues to be a source of inspiration for people around the world. mitsuko nishikawa, nhk world, tokyo. the members of new york's young people's chorus know about the power of song. they've inspired audiences all around the world with their voices. so, when they planned a tour of japan, they asked to visit an area that's been through so much hardship in the last two years. nhk world's miki ebara has the story. ♪ >> reporter: this is ypc, a world renowned group of 400 children from 7 to 18 years old in new york city.
♪ >> reporter: america's east coast was hit by hurricane sandy last october. in new york alone, more than 50 people died and over 100,000 buildings were damaged. this 18-year-old is a member who wanted to share her disaster experience with japanese children. >> i saw the destruction and spoke with families who had lost their homes even halfway across the world where we're trying to help and still lifting spirits and we feel their pain. >> reporter: they chose hana wa saku, a song dedicated to people living in disaster area. they learned the meaning of the lyrics from a volunteer. >> still there is a flower to bloom in the future. so that's the song. >> reporter: tohar decided to sing the song for her parents at
[ applause ] >> translator: i was very happy. we were one in music. >> realize that now, you know, the flower did bloom and we're singing together. it was really nice. it was a great way to finish our buildup to the song. >> reporter: the children know singing can lift up people's spirits in difficult times and singing together is even more possible. it brings together people living on opposite sides of the earth much closer. miki ebara, nhk world, sendai.
rachel ferguson has the latest weather forecast. we have been tracking a tropical storm heading in towards northern vietnam. i will give you the latest statistics on it. moving northwest at 30 kilometers an hour. it is giving us winds sustained at 72 kilometers per hour. it is expected to make landfall wednesday night local time that is. quite shortly. after that it should make -- it should start to weaken off and become a tropical depression. having said that it is still going to be bringing us heavy rain for the next couple of days through indo china in excess of 200 millimeters likely. we are probably seeing flooding in here. waves up to about 3 meters at the coast as the storm approaches. you can see storm surge with that, as well. we will keep you updated as we move along. heavy rains impacted western china right up into the northeast where we are not
getting the rain is also very problematic because it has been so hot and dry with drought conditions persisting for quite a while now. and unfortunately not much change there. the heat is going to be staying in china, the central and eastern portions as we head into the weekend and spreading towards the korean peninsula and japan too. we take a look at highs expected on thursday. 40 degrees again in shanghai. 35 in seoul and tokyo expecting 34. we see temperatures build through the weekend. on into the americas and storms for the middle of the plains. heavy rain moving from oklahoma and kansas in towards missouri. missouri has had more than 150 millimeters of rain in the last 24 hours. this is another round of rain towards the east. very heavy rain passed through the central plains in the last couple of days. this is heavy rain falling on already saturated land.
there will be a high risk of flash flooding here. the low is moving through quebec and we see storms just south of the great lakes and into the plains here. plenty to look out for. as the system passes cooler air lr spilling in. stays really hot through texas and louisiana. towards the west dry and windy and fairly warm. 29 degrees in seattle. meanwhile we have 38 in houston. going to feel a lot hotter than that with humidity. think about the temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. and into europe we go. dry conditions now for the british isles but we have pretty severe storms. from iberia towards finland, very unstable here on the other side of the jet stream. we are seeing temperatures cooling down, as well, as the storms proceed further into central europe. the heat builds towards the southeast. take a look at vienna. 35 in warsaw. you can see the divide where we have the pretty immediate cool
. we have breaking news the diplomatic divisions between the u.s. and russia over the intelligence leaker edward snowden appear to be growing. president barack obama has cancel a summit with president vladimir putin planned for next month. american leaders respond harshly to russia's decision to grant snowden temporary asylum because he's wanted on espionage charges for exposing u.s. intelligence programs. that's "newsline" for this hour. i'm gene otani in tokyo.