"newsline." it is wednesday, march 23rd, i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. belgium police on the hunt for a suspect after a series of bombings in brussels. eck ploe explosions tore through an airport and metro station. killing 30 and injuring 200 or more. it was a suicide bombing. witnesses say they heard gun fire in the departure hall and shouting in arabic. i just saw two people which had like covers, really covered with
blood. >> translator: the ceiling started falling on passengers, and then people started to panic. >> about an hour later, it ripped through a metro station near the european commission headquarters. belgian government officials say the death toll could rise. >> translator: what we feared has happened, our country and our citizens have been hit by blind violent and coward liter orri -- cowardly and terrorist attacks. >> quotes investigators saying two of dem died in the bombings. the third with the hat may be on the run. police carried out raids across brussels and found a nail filled
bomb, and an islamic state flag at one site. an online statement from the militant group warned of worst to come from crusader states. authorities have been trying for months to crack down on terrorist tattacks. they just arrested the prime suspect from the november paris attacks. salah abdeslam had been hiding out in the city. they've been on high alert for the past four months. they've raided 100 locations and arrested about 60 suspects since the paris attacks. they raise concerns over the number of young belgians who have traveled to syria or iraq to join the islamic state group. they've beefed up security at airports, metros and borders.
world leaders have vowed to cooperate. french president holland was quick to react. >> translator: the attacks took place in belgium, but the target was europe. the whole world is concerned. we need to realize the extent and gravity of this terrorist threat. >> u.s. president barack obama referred to the attacks during his speech in cuba. >> we must be together, regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. we can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world. >> japan's prime minister shinzo abe has expressed shock and in dig nation at the loss of many lives. >> terrorism must not be
tolerated under any circumstances. we must cooperate with the international community in responding to terrorism. >> abe says his country shares values and the rest of the european union and expressed solidarity with the people there. u.s. president barack obama has called on cuban leader raul castro of the caribbean nation, in a live tv address from the grand theater. he laid out his vision for the future. >> i have come here to bury the last remnant of the cold war in the americas. >> he said he was -- he has been working to lift economic sanctions. >> even if we lifted the embargo tomorrow, cubans would not realize their potential without continued change here in cuba. >> obama also addressed castro,
saying he believes people should be able to choose their governments in free and democratic democratic elections. >> i want you to know that my visit here demonstrates you do not need to fear a threat from the united states. given your commitment to cuba of sovereignty, their capacity to speak and assemble and vote for their leaders. >> obama later met with pro democracy activists to discuss human rights. it is now time to take a look at the latest in business news. japanese shinzo abe hearing economists ahead of the seven summit in may. ai uchida join us at the business desk. what kind of things are they discussing. >> catherine, they're talking about the global economy, glowing uncertainty, but abe is
key to gain some insight into prominent experts on imported domestic issues, a planned rise in the consumption tax. one of the world's most famous economi economist gave his advice, paul krugman said they should put off the hike that would raise from 8% to 10 next year. >> i am a great admirer of the policy moves by japan, but they are not good enough, and partly because the rest of us are in trouble as well. >> krugman said it's weakness, and japan has not reservinged its spiral. >> i would call for not hiking the consumption tax. it is still very much the case that japan needs fiscal policy needs to be reenforcing it not fighting it. >> japanese lawmakers say the meetings are meant to provide cover for abe should he decide
to postpone the tax hike. officials in mittsbushi, client united merit emret. the probe is expected to be launched from the space center in southwestern japan on an h2a rocket in the year 2020. it is scheduled to arrive at the red in 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the emirates. the deal the space competition is intensifying in the business. >> translator: a lot of top level officials have told us that our success rate is high. i think u.a.e. officials have a
high evaluation of our reliability. >> the u.a.e. space agency and the japan aerospace to expand cooperation in other areas. they include training and utilization of japan's space laboratory. okay, let's check on markets. share prices on wall street ended mixed on a cautious note after the bomb attacks on tuesday. the dow jones industrial average closed down 0.23%, nasdaq rose nearly 0.25%. we're going to go to ramina. what can you tell us. >> the initial reaction in new york was a little bit of a selloff as we saw there. mixed closing. but then a more measured reaction took place kind of leveling things off a little bit. let's have a look at how the
nikkei. what may hold the investor's attention, pretty gains to the yen, 112, in fact, the dollar gain gained, despite the gop political risks. they tend to pile in, such as the yen, not so much, which may lend to buying incentive for investors here, especially for exporte exporters. we'll keep track of that. the nekkei is down, that may provide further incentive for investors to snap up some of the sold shares. that may come from energy and commodity, which since mid february, steadily risen on the back of higher oil and commodity prices as well.
crude was up again on tuesday, and more than 50% since hitting its low back in january. that's some media reports saying they may sign a deal capping the output next month. that's without iran taking part. iran has been trying to increase its oil production output since the sanctions were lifted against it in january. so a lot of focus there for those sectors. >> tell us what's happening with european currencies, especially what happened in brussels. >> a lot of focus there. the sterling, i'll come to that in a second. let's look at the levels right now. the euro fell after the bombings, but the single currency seems to be stabilizing. but the british pound fell sharply against the dollar and the yen. pressure on sterling is mounting as bregs fears increased. moody's credit rating agency
poured cold water, calling it credit negative. now, let's also have a look at some of the asian indexes trading now. seoul's kospi trading in the positive, s&p 200 though, down, 0.4%. china's markets open in an hour and a half. shares of nintendo, it rose around 8% yesterday. a smartphone app more than 1 million users, basically gives users an avatar that they can use for their photos, so interesting developments there for nintendo and i'll they can that sector as well. back to you. >> sounds very cool. thanks a lot for the update. the tokyo stocks exchange. today, millions of peopbuy s by tapping on a screen. some are buck the trend by new ways. nhk explains.
>> on a quiet street in tokyo is this shop. it may look like a gallery, but it's actually a bookstore. there is a twist. just one title on sale. the selection changes every week. one week, it was a book about product labels and other items. customers found related products, such as posters on display. they were there to help bring the books to life. when the future book was about the lives of fishermen, it was decorated with baskets, nets and other fishing gear. another time, it looked just like a florist. the book showcased all kinds of flowers. >> translator: one week, one title. it's such a fresh idea. i'm a bookworm, so this store
interests me. >> the owner waorked in bookstores for many years. he carries one title might give readers to appreciate books. he seems to be on to something. sometimes he sells more than 200 books in a week. >> translator: it's like i invite customers to go inside the book. there is more demand for this type of bookstore than i expected. >> the atmosphere in this store is very different. customers can enjoy a leisure cup of coffee. there are some other things here that are a little unusual. this section contains birthday paper box, it has a date from january 1st to december 31st.
when a shopper chooses one, they find a work written by an auth or born on that day. the idea is to encourage new encounters between authors and readers. through these books, people can find out how an auth or with the same birthday lived or what he or she had to say. customers buy them for themselves, and also as gifts for other people. >> translator: someone said the birthday paperback is the best present she ever got. so i just got one for myself. and for my friend, too. >> translator: i can't wait. >> another section is a reader's pharmacy. the books are packaged like prescriptions for specific symptoms. for people with the heart, the store recommends romantic series. it says the book can help people
appreciate the complexity of human emotions. at the time when many book stores are struggling, staff say the shop is doing well. >> translator: the idea behind the store is tone occur ra encoe to become interested in books. >> with creative thinking, some book stores are finding ways to thrive in the digital age. at the same time, encouraging readers to develop a new appreciation for the printed word. nhk world. that's going do it from business for this hour. i'll leave you with a check on markets.
myanmar's president elect named the people he wants in his cabinet. president elect tin cho submitted a list of 18 cabinet ministers to parliament. the speaker read out the nominees. sue chee was the first name read out. it is not clear which post she'll be offered. but analysts say it is likely to be foreign minister. this would let her take part in discussions between the military and the government, as part of the national defense and security council. if she takes the job, she'll have to give up her seat in parliament and she can no longer be the leader of the national league for democracy. >> translator: i think taking
the position in the government means we can do much more to develop our country. >> translator: people voted for her, because they support her. now the one they support will take the position in the government. our people will like that. >> the new government will be in augu gnawi -- in gnawi . protesting ride hailing mobile phone apps and demanding the government shut them down. thousands of drivers took the streets on tuesday against apps such as uber and grab. they said competition from the apps which don't have the same cost as regular taxis has reduced their income. >> translator: we're suffering losses now. the government said the apps would encourage people to use
taxis, but since they came onto the market, we've been having a hard time earning a living. we can't save any money on what we're making. >> my residents heading to work were affected by the rally as they found it difficult to find cabs. they used free shuttle buses provided by the government. >> translator: i want to get to the office quickly. so i hope to find a taxi. but there is nothing. >> the apps have shaken up the market and a cutthroat price war, cheap taxis using the apps is threatening the business models of the taxi companies. >> more than five years since the great earthquake of 2011, the rebuilding process continues. on top of repairing physical losses, there are also spiritual
needs. a new movement is answering the call by bringing clergy of different faiths together to offer support. nhk world reports. >> reporter: this café opened in late february as a temporary housing facility. christian minister, buddhist priest. they meet in places like this to offer spiritual support.
>> he heads the project. >> translator: i started this café to offer survivors a way to deal with their grief, and move on by reconnecting with their lives before the disaster. kaneta is the head priest at the buddhist temple. it was only slightly damaged in the 2011 earthquake. kaneta owe fifficiated at the fl of many who died. several weeks after the disaster, devastated coast for the first time, along with several other priests. >> translator: at first, we were all chanting sutr as, but as we got closer to the coast, we couldn't. i felt buddha's words had lost
their meaning. i was so shocked and began to doubt, without any of the buddhist principles could explain the situation. >> soon after, kinata met with a doctor who has been providing care to terminally ill patients for many years. he said that he needed priest like kinata to offer spiritual support to disaster areas and terminally ill people. >> died of cancer in 2012, just after kinata and his colleagues founded the program to train chaplains of multiple faiths. now buddhists, christians, muslim and shinto all meet together to study each other's religion. they've visited the devastated area to pray together.
they've undergone training of how to counsel survivors. the chaplains have been working with medical and welfare specialists to comfort people who are grieving, and the terminally ill. 130 people have completed the training program. it's starting to spread across the country. an organization promoting the mission in japan bwas founded i late february. demand for the services is growing. not only in the devastated areas, but also at hospices and nursing homes elsewhere. >> translator: when organizations like this are established, there is a tendency to lose the religious dynamic or exclude outsiders, whenever that possibility arises, we must return our minds to the shore,
and remember how emotions on that fateful day. >> religion is a way to separate people too often, but members of this de dedicated group are trying to under the differences and overcome them to better serve people in need. nhk world. it is time for a check of the weather. people in southeast china are dealing with heavy rain and flooding. meteorologist robert speta joins us with more. >> yes, catherine. actually what we have going on out here is this developing low pressure area. it's been a slow mover, a tremendous amount of precipitation. that's. >> we're seeing the severe flooding. you can see it on the satellite picture. all the cloud cover, but as we go ahead into the latter part of the week, it will have a big impact on the overall weather pattern across asia.
i want to show you these photos, because it gives you an idea of how poet tenlt the storm system was. numerous homes flooded out here. you can see this poor shopkeeper trying to clean up his store there. as far as the forecast is concerned, as you could see right there, the ground is saturated. some areas looking to 50 to 100 millimeters of precipitation. you're going to see additional flood threats. let's look at the forecast. as this does develop, it will continue to pull off towards the east. that's the key thing with the movement. it's not moving northeast as we have seen in the past. this one is going to be moving more on an east/southeast direction, bringing precipitation across western areas, maybe coastal locations, tokyo will probably just see cloudy skies. because it's moving easterly, more cold air out of siberia,
towards in sa po sappora, snow fall, you have the northwesterly winds coming in, setting up the classic sea effect, the snowfall, a very late season, probably one of the last big events of the year out here, not only for okido, skiers and snow boarders, definitely happy about this. in talking about that, this is very late season, a lot of late season video going on. i have some video i want to show you. first coming out of alaska, one of the biggest events of the year, as far as free riders are concerned. get dropped off on top of mountains. that's what happened here in haines, alaska. some of the best riders in the world. if that's not your cup of tea, i want to show you another video
coming out of georgia. now, this is definitely another little challenge out there. a bunch of skiers taking to what they had a snow splash right here, trying to demonstrate their tricks. you could see the spectators definitely the smarter of the bunch watching people do that right there. if you're out here in georgia, and you want more snow, you might be getting it. we have this area of low pressure towards the east. that's bringing some severe weather italy, but eventually shifting off towards russia and turkey, colder weather and maybe the potential for snowfall, some of the white popping up. there over towards the west, london, 12 for the high, do note, you have decent weather for the time being, but things will change by thursday into friday. also talking about severe weather, the central u.s., seeing that for a lot of travelers over the next several days, looking at some snowfall, expect delays across the great
anchor: on "global 3000" this week -- a visit to the u.s., which had a tragic 2015. more young african american men died from police brutality than ever before. we head to chicago to find out why. diving into mexico's caribbean coast, home to the delicious caribbean spiny lobster. how do they catch them sustainably? but we start our journey in singapore, where it's all about learning and more learning, no matter how tiny you are. signals pass between synapses in a child's brain incredibly quickly. the process starts in the womb. at two years old, the most important connections have already been made. over time, the child develops their physical coordination, memory, intelligce