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newsline. it is friday march 4th i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. a top official has admitted that the taliban leadership is in his country. the first time a government official has discussed the open is secrets. the pakistani's prime minister on foreign affairs made the admission tuesday in washington. he suggested the taliban enjoy a safe haef en inside his country. they keep their families there and use medical facility. he said they can use it as leverage to negotiate peace with
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kabul. >> we had to use and deliver restricted their movement, restricted their access to hospital facilities. >> pakistan began peace talks last summer. but afghanistan distrusts pakistan because it appears to help the insurgents. a powerful earthquake off indonesia has exposed major flaws tsunami warning systems. no damage or delawaraths when i wednesday, all early warning off the coast m. introduced a sophisticated system. it was installed after the 2004 indian ocean tsunami which killed 16,000 people.
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officials with indonesia's mitigation agency said when the quake struck this week, none of the 22 buoys worked. experts point out there is low dises disaster after the tsunami was issued. the indonesia government is going to come under review. the crippled nuclear power plant is expected to soon get approval to start freezing the ground around four reactor buildings. the measure is aimed at creating a wall of frozen soil to stop ground water from flowing into the buildings where it could become radioactive. last month, tokyo electric power company finished bearing about 1,500 cooling pipes underground. on thursday, the nuclear
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regulation authority basically gave the green light to be begin the freezing process. the regulator had raised concerns that if the wall caused the ground water level to drop too far, it might allow highly contaminated water to leak out. in response, tepco responded by doing the freezing work in phases. then the uphill side would be frozen. if the ground water level is too much, it will start pumping out water from nearby wells. it will give final approval this month if it receives a concrete emergency response plan and finds no problems. tepco initially planned to have the project completed by the end of march, but estimated to take another eight months to completely freeze the wall. scientists with japan's nuclear watchdog say a fault line under a reactor in the central part of the country may still be active if the
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conclusion is finalized, it could lead to the unit's decommissioning. a panel of the regulatory authority met thursday. they discussed the fault below the number one reactor at the she shika power plant. a similar meeting in july indicating the possibility of a shift. the draft was based on research conducted by the plant's operator. but the power company rejected the findings. and another group of scientists criticized the explanation for not being complete. on thursday, panel members reaffirmed that the fault likely shifted as many as 130,000 years ago. they added additional data is needed to make a more accurate asse assessment. new regulations after the accident. they prohibit the operation of reactors and other key nuclear plant facilities above an active
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fault. the plant operator has yet to respond to the latest conclusion. a march 11th, 2011, a massive earth quake and tsunami, washing away communities. journey from disaster will look at the region and its people five years on. today, a museum >> carrying on with his duties in the city he was born and rais rais raised. >> translator: train station was there, the museum was straight down this street. as time goes by, it's harder and harder to remember what the town looked like. >> almost all of the museum's collection had been donated by
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people of the city. each item had a link to residents' lives, part of a portrait of their community history. nothing made him happier than people coming to see them. but in march of 2011, the tsunami overwhelmed the facility. six employees died or remain unaccounted for. only he survived. just a few weeks later, he recruited volunteers to begin searching for the 165,000 articles of the collection. at that point, they were still looking for missing people. but they were concentrating on finding objects, not everyone appreciated their efforts. >> translator: i got comments like why don't you look for people, instead of things.
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in all honesty, those words hurt. but if i didn't do it, who else would? >> after the earthquake, the museum moved temporarily to a school building that had been vacated. for five years, he and his staff have devoted themselves to resurrecting the collection. everyday, they remove salt for items soaked by seawater. even so, some things will never be as they were. for example, traditional takadol, the clay just couldn't stand up to the onslaught of the tsunami. nobody makes these dolls any more, and the staff was despondent. but it turned out, not all was lost. >> translator: someone from the city donated after the
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earthquake. we are exceptionally grateful. >> the plum blossom is characteristic of these dolls. families will display their own collections, praying for their daughter's happiness. the doll was donated by moai. >> mothers would pick out different dolls for their daughters. my own mother did too. >> she brought the dolls with her when she got married. later, she displayed them for her own daughter. >> translator: they contain my mother's hopes for me. if the museum accepts them, children will be able to enjoy looking at them for years to come. >> with the passage of time, she sees signs that public opinion
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is coming around. construction of new buildings in the community will begin in july. the whole city has to start a new. >> translator: as we rebuild, one thing we must not forget. our history. we must preserve it in our new town. >> each item in this collection establishes that link. the future will have tangible evidence its past. really great work there. all right, well, tokyo's airport held an emergency drill ahead of the fifth anniversary of the march 11th earth quake and tsunami. about 160 people, including terminal workers participated in the exercise. the scenario involved a massive quake that caused injuries at the airport, followed by a major
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tsunami warning. shop workers rushed to provide first aid, then they evacuated the injuries upstairs before the tsunami could arrive. >> translator: our first priority is to ensure the safety and security of airport visitors. >> workers also practiced distributing drinking water and emergency food. the airport serves more than 200,000 travelers daily. stored enough emergency food to feed over 10,000 people for three-days. during the 2011 disaster, no injuries or damage occurred. but around 16,000 people had to stay overnight as the disaster paralyzed the capital's transportation systems. people from japan and the u.s. have gathered to celebrate a friendship that flourished during the disaster. operation tomodachi, and 20
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ships, including an aircraft carrier, the biggest relief effort the u.s. military had ever undertaken. those who took part joined officials from both countries for a ceremony at the department of defense. >> most powerful message to all who watch our relationship to understand its depth its fundamental trust. >> the people of japan will not, never forget what all of the service represented here did. ♪ >> a member of the south japanese forces performed a called "flowers will bloom." nhk originally produced this for recovery efforts. switching gears now, the latest in business news.
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slide in commodity prices took its toll on russia last year and hearing something similar from a resource producing country. joining us from the business desk fill us in. zt russian economy did contract in 2015, and brazil fell too. gross domestic product shrank 3.8%. first annual contraction in six years. behind the decline is the slump in resource prices. brazil is a major export of iron ore. output 6.2, deterioration of employment. personal consumption also down, the first contraction in 12 years, corporate investment marked a sharp decline of minus 14%. workers in japan have something to cheer about. labor ministry officials say real wages in january rose for the first time in three months.
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the officials say the preliminary results show that workers earned an average of nearly 270,000 yen or about $200,400 in january. that's up 0.4% from a year before when adjusted for inflation. they asked about 33,000 businesses across the country about their worker's salaries. the commodity prices didn't rise as much as worker salary, leading to the higher real wages. let's check in on markets. share prices in tokyo opened slightly lower this morning. and we are staying in negative territory. the nikkei average currently down, just about a third of a% at 16,901. some investors selling to lock in profits. benchmark posted this year's first three-day winning streak through thursday, supported by a rebound in commodity prices. let's take a look at currencies. the dollar is retreating against
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the yen on weak service sector data out of the u.s. the ism employment index first fall in two years. the dollar is currently at the mid 113 yen level. meanwhile, the euro is firmer against the dollar. the common currency is at $1.09. waiting for the key u.s. jobs data due later today. looking across the pacific region. south korea's kospi, 1/5th of a%, and high in australia, higher about 0.5%. japan running boom. 10 million joggers on a regular basis. many are looking for help to improve their
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setting it in under four-hours. a trainer that can pinpoint the weaknesses in her running form. this pair of eyeglasses, through her earphone, pointsers in real time. >> translator: it's like my personal trainer is always running with me. and giving me advice on the spot. >> the glasses were developed by a major eye wear company.
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they have been fitted with censors to detect even the teeniest movement, a slight movement, thrust or acceleration, ago -- moves out of range. the device also calculates a run of center of gravity and displays the results on a smartphone. this experience runner has his weight distributed closely to the center of his body. on the other hand, a beginner like this woman is often unbalanced with her weight off center. >> translator: you can find out how your posture changes or in which direction your body is tilted. the most appealing feature of this device is that you can check all the changes in your running form from start to finish. >> but some runners want a
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bigger picture. checking one's running performance in 3d used to be complicated and costly. this system would allow anyone to easily see how they're performing. >> collecting the data. >> just a few seconds of running, and. >> finished. >> researchers at the laboratory at the university of tokyo are developing a program that sends footstage from multiple perspective to create one 3d image. it can be rotated and viewed at any angle. a personal computer all commercially available. the goal is to create 3d images at low cost. i asked the trainer to use it to give me feedback on my running
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form. >> translator: you are using muscles around the shoulder blades when you swing your arms. that's good. >> the system makes it easy to study large groups of runners, at a sporting event for example. >> by collecting the data from many people and comparing them, we'll eventually be able to automate the process of giving precise advice. >> it used to be that only professional runners could afford the latest sports technology. now, data driven analysis is becoming more widely available. taking amateur runners to the finish line faster. nhk world, tokyo. that's it for business news. i'll leave you now with a check on markets.
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a wildlife trade monitor says traffickers of species are using social media to hide their activity. a group called traffic to coincide with the third un wildlife day. growing numbers of traders are using groups on facebook and password protected forums to reach their customers. the reason for the shift is to evade detection and reach a
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broader audience. in the report, traffic said over a period last year, 14 wildlife trading groups catering to customers in malaysia. they put up 230 individual posts offering to sell protected animals as pets. the choices range from rare birds to orrangtang. the trade of protected animals is not allowed on the social media platform. facebook was committed to working with traffic to help tackle the problem. the un says trade and illegal wildlife is worth up to an estimated $20 billion u.s. s dollars annually. officials at the international olympic committee are making a place for refugee athletes. competing at the rio de janeiro games. >> these athletes have no
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national team to belong to. they have no flag to march behind. they have no national anthem to be played. therefore, we will welcome these refugee athletes to the olympic games. >> he said the team will have five to ten participants. ioc officials said they've prepared a list of 43 potential olympians by june. they'll stay in the athlete village with the other olympians. during the opening ceremony, the team will enter the stadium as the ultimate team ahead of the host nation. knew zealanders are voting in the second of referendums, changing the flag. the alternative they're considering came out of the first referendum. it includes the southern cross
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constellation and a silver fern. some say their current flag looks too much like australia, which includes the union jack. still, a local tv station says an online poll shows 59% want to keep it. priep minister john key wants a change. he says the referendum is the last chance. >> it's going to be a divided. some is being aimed at me. some don't like the concept, put it on the agenda if you would like. have a design that we want to get behind. >> they're flags. i don't think it needs to be changed. >> they have until march 24th to mail their votes. preliminary results will come out the same day. people in tokyo are starting to see the mercury rise, and skbr japan's meteorologist are saying cher cherry blossoms will be earlier than usual.
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>> yes, going through the next several days, get out and catch some of those early blossoms, they bloom typically later in march, but this coming weekend, a few of those trees will be out there and you'll be looking at some pretty decent weather. as far as the extended forecast, though, we do have the southerly winds continuing to come in and that's rising the mercury, but that is coming at a price. because this is the leading edge of an area of low pressure, developing towards the west. that's going to be moving over the korean peninsula, and most of the country will be looking at some sort of precipitation this coming weekend, especially by saturday, extending through sunday, increasing sunday, northern areas of the country. so definitely widespread rainfall to be had here. farther towards the north, warming up. in fact, sapporo, in fact, one there expected for the high on
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friday. take a look by this, on sunday, incredible for this time of year, 11 expected there for you, well above the average, niigata, 20 degrees. still ski season out here for a lot of you. this is quite above average. let's take a look at the bigger picture. this is still ushering some of the precipitation with the northeast monsoon. some areas of the philippines, especially northeastern could see passing showers out here. you need it. continuing with drought there. not helping over vietnam and thailand as well. bangkok, 35, hazy out there for you. not much precipitation expected in the forecast. let's look into europe. we have two storm systems. i really want to concentrate on. this one, moving across italy, balkin peninsula. gusty winds, probably about 60
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to 70 kilometers for a few locations, but also some heavy snowfall, 30 to 40 centimeters in the higher elevations. meanwhile, back towards the west, currently seeing a rather rough storm system in the british aisles, especially towards the north, snowfall, but going to shift towards the south, precipitation into it into paris in fact, seeing a high of about eight there on your friday, rain showers it still in the forecast, berlin at 8 as well. fairly mild, but i do want to note, this winter has been exceedingly mild across the board especially into the northern hemisphere. january of 2016 here, compare it to about 30 years there in the secretary ha second half of the 20th century, we've been seeing temperatures about five to ten degrees above average for a few locations. now, let's talk about how this has affected local events, specifically there, into alaska.
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we had the idirod there, into anchorage, believe it or not, they had to import tons of snowfall out here from fairbanks towards the north to make enough to set up the opening ceremony. saturday, for the opening ceremony will be above average. i'm sure the dogs, they love the snow out there. they're not going to be happy about that. i'll leave with the ex extended outlook
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and that wraps up this edition of newsline. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. thanks for staying with
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us.xnóx stacey thunder (voiceover): on this edition of native report, we visit the tantaquidgeon indian museum in uncasville, connecticut. we learn the history of the north american indian center of boston. and we celebrate the life of the late charlie hill. (chanting) hi, how are you? hi, how are you? hi, how are you? hi, how are you? [laughter] we also learn something new about indian country and hear from our elders on this "native report." narrator: production of "native report" is made possible by grants from the shakopee mdewakanton sioux community and the blandin foundation. [music playing]

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