hello there and welcome to nhk "newsline." the u.n. security council has been quick to strongly condemn north korea's latest missile launch. councilmembers agreed on a statement after an emergency session, and they threatened to take further significant measures if necessary. members of the 15 nation council med tuesday to discuss how to respond to north korea. they unanimously adopted the statement. it called for the states to redouble their efforts to
implement sanctions on the north. >> north korea conducted these missile tests in blatant disregard of the u.n. security council. >> the launch came has g-20 leaders met in china, the north's main diplomatic ally. the missile was medium range. the usc condemned a series of missile launches by north korea and the latest statements came out just three hours after their meeting, faster than those in the past. washington and seoul are making moves to try to counter pyongyang's threats. they have reaffirmed the importance of deploying an advanced anti-missile defense system to south korea. u.s. president barack obama and south korean president met in
laos. after the talks, obama said the two countries are working together to ensure their readiness against any threats. >> i want story affirm our commitment to the defense and security of north korea, including extended deterrence is unwavering. >> obama said the deployment of the high altitude defense system is purely defense. the system can shoot down missiles at higher altitudes than the units currently stationed in south korea. chinese officials are expressing strong opposition to the planned deployment. they fear is radar could be used to spy on their military. south korea and the u.s. should maintain dialogue with china. she said the nation has an important role to play in implementing sanctions and stopping the north's nuclear
develop. on the first day the discusses focussed on the situation in the contested south china sea. some of the ten asean members have territorial disputes with china over islands in the south china sea. beijing has built airstrips and radar facilities on artificial islands. in july, an international arbitration tribunal, dismissed beijing's claim to most of the waters. asean foreign ministers were divided over the ruling when they met shortly after. the sources say the leaders will likely avoid detailed discussion on the ruling. they say the leaders are expected to agree to speed up talks with china to adopt a legally binding code of conduct for the sea. the leaders of japan, the u.s. and china will join the others for the east asia summit on thursday. a spat between the filipino and american presidents has taken some of the attention off the summit's agenda.
barack obama canceled what would have been his first meeting with rodrigo duterte after duterte made profane insults against him. now a spokesperson says the filipino president is expressing regret over the comments. >> he regrets that his remarks to the press have caused much controversy. >> duterte made the insult in a news conference on monday before heading to the summit. >> i do not have any master except the filipino people. nobody but nobody. you must be respectful. >> he went on to say he would swear at obama using a vulgar expression in tagalog. the thorny issue between the leaders is duterte's anti-drug campaign. he launched it after taking office in june. police and suspected vigilantes have since killed more than 2,000 people alleged to have been drug dealers or users.
obama has said he would bring up his concerns over human rights at the meeting. duterte said that would have been rude. duterte's aides are trying to play down the consequences. they say their president looks forward to ironing out differences and working in mutually responsible ways. the obama administration had considered the meeting important in dealing with beijing's increased maritime activities in the south china sea. the philippines is among the countries that dispute territory with china. the leaders vice president yet made any -- rejected beijing's south china sea claims. they're still fine-tuning their final declaration that will be released thursday. several leaders remain seriously concerned about recent developments in the south china sea and they stressed the
importance of peaceful resolutions of disputes in corning with international law. the leaders also share serious concern of recent developments on the korean peninsula, that includes north korea's missile test. let's now take a look at the latest in business news. u.s. markets were back in action after a long weekend and investors saw a slump in the dollar. >> i think a rate hike wasn't in the cards any time soon, that's why the dollar suffered, but
interestingly, a lowered dollar also -- thatnded up boosting stocks, wall street ended slilg slightly higher with the nasdaq ending up just about half a percent. we're going to see how all of this is affecting trading here in tokyo this wednesday morning. good morning, rumi, tell us what you're seeing at the open. >> very good morning to you, it's all about the dollar this morning, i can tell you also it took a tumble after data in the u.s. showed the institute for management's nonmanufacturing index dropped to 51.4 in and that's lower. the nikkei and the broader topix down. investors now reducing their bets for a september rate hike,
based not only on that services data, but following a weaker than expected main jobs data, released last friday. >> and take us to that dollar-yen, because we have seen quite a drop, especially compared to earlier this week. >> i'm just having a look at the levels now. let's look at the dollar-yen, look at that 101.50. that compares to 104 yen just at the start of the week on monday. now parallel to the fall in the dollar, we saw a drop in bond yields as well as investors continue to p rarare back. >> and rumi, tell us lot about how the boj, the bank of japan governor's comments, how that's affecting the dollar-yen. >> comments from the boj
governors always affects the dollar-yen. both the federal reserve and the bank of japan will have their policy meetings from september 20th so that's going to be a big focus. now another factor playing into markets strategy or investor strategy is japanese companies based in the uk. they have to reconsider their options, of course, after the brexit vote and many of these companies based in the uk with thousands of employees, and it's new tariffs, to counter that, of course, we're talking about the three oil giants, we're talking about tech firms, and a lot of the brokerages that operate in the uk and the fallout could be substantial for their costs according to a lot of analysts that we speak to.
>> china markets open in an hour and a half, i'll have lots more in a couple of hours. back to you. >> look forward to it, rumi. moving on, executives at japan's leading oil refiners say an acquisition in a smaller rival as part of a merger plan is going to take longer than expected. the officials cite a delay by the fair trade commission, they say they will take a segment from next month or later. the idemitsu executives say they need time to vet another merger of the oil wholesalers, the executives are set on completing the deal in april. but the founding family is opposed to the merger. the managers say they'll keep trying to get the family's consent, but it's still unclear whether the companies will be able to merge as proposed in
april next year. many japanese railway buffs were feeling nostalgic after -- offer fans of the train the chance to relive some of the experience. it's cabin like rooms will be equipped with beds and other equipment from the old carriages. a superfast bullet train service has since replaced the overnight train that connected the cities. the facility run by east japan railway is set to open in december. one will accommodate four people just like a train department. the railway company plans to charge between 1$105 and $140 a night.
they say they want to help ease the shortage. >> well the paralympics highlight the achievements of athletes with disabilities. next month in switzerland, a new competition will show what such athletes can do with help from robotic technologies, teams from 25 countries will take part. a dedicated engineer from japan will help get his designs across the finish line. >> a prosthetic hand turns a doorknob and picks up an eraser. this engineer and his team developed this powered ample. a computer reads signals sent from the brain to muscles in the arm. then it moves the tips of the prosthetic fingers. it moves as naturally as a human
ha hand. it has 20 joints giving it real movement. that led to a position with a venture firm. he hopes that athletes using his arm will do well. >> translator: the technology is very useful, good results in the competition will clearly demonstrate that, i hope this will lead to opportunities to collaborate and to sell these prosthetic hands to the public. >> but with three months to go, the prosthetic hand was having trouble doing the tasks it will require. one was holding a dish. changing a light bulb is another. so it's back to the drawing board. perfecting the fine movements.
to achieve this, his prosthetic hand must accurately read signals from the brain, making his dream a realty is proving difficult. >> it's going to be an uphill battle. >> he has also been working hard on another device. it's a stimulated bike for paraplege aches. in the years since he was paralyzed from the waist down, he has become a successful wheelchair racer. now he's taking on a new challenge. using his leg muscles to operate the device with the help of technology. >> you can create the motion by
flipping the switch. give it a try. >> he switches on the current, but nothing. 20 years of immobility have taken their toll. he was unsure about using the bike at first. he was worried it might somehow make him less human, but he now believes his efforts could help broaden the horizons for people with disabilities. >> i thought the sense of achievement might be different than the wheelchair races i have been competing in. i thought i could learn something as well. >> reporter: his legs shake as he struggles to move. >> we may have to boost the current. >> for the next three hours, he comes to tweak the position of the electrodes, the currents and other details. then --
>> it feels like there's strength in my legs. >> reporter: working with the engineers has given him new energy as he gets ready for the race. >> people are depending on me, and i want to meet their expectations. i don't want to let them down. i believe winning will increase overall confidence in the technology. we have to go there and we have to win. >> what amazing individuals. the decathlon will start on january 8. that's the latest in business for this hour, it's back to catherine now. hundreds of protesters took to the streets in western myanmar.
have demonstrated against the arrival of members of a commission charged with resolving a conflict between majority buddhists and minority rohingya muslims. the commission led by former u.n. secretary general kofi annan arrived tuesday in rakhine state. hundreds of protesters surrounded the president's motorcade. they say they won't allow foreigners to intervene and demanded they leave. he sat down with several leaders in the state government office. he said he will seek a solution with rigorous impartiality.
rohingya muslims have been facing discrimination in the state. many have been confined in camps since 2012 when rohingya and buddhists clashed. that left more than 80 people dead. in our series women of vision, we meet some of the inspirational figures who are influencing society and challenging prevailing norms. more than five years have passed since the massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the fukushima crisis in 2011. but now other problems are being a serious issue there, chronic diseases. doctors work to treat and prevent such diseases in the region. >> he works as a physician in this hospital only 14 kilometers from the cripple fukushima daiichi plant. he has been working here for
three years. she feels the health condition of evacuees has been deteriorating. >> i see more and more people in fukushima with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. >> in the prefecture, 188,000 people are still unable to return home because of the 2011 disaster. this man has diabetes. he says since he moved into temporary housing, he's become so dizzy, he's unable to walk straight. >> translator: i'm becoming weak because i don't exercise. >> reporter: ochi studied public health in britain, and she learned that stress from changes in one's living environment significantly affects people's susceptibility to chronic diseases. in 2013, ochi decided to work at the hospital in soma.
she'd learned about an increasing number of chronic cases in the disaster-affected prefecture and wanted to help. >> translator: i've become more conscious of people's social backgrounds. many different factors at play to develop diseases. sedentary lifestyles are one cause, but health problems due to social factors such as living in temporary housing can also lead an individual to develop diabetes. >> reporter: in fukushima, the total number of in-patients and out-patients has increased by 24,000 since the disaster struck. but the number remains nearly unchanged in iwate, which was hit by the tsunami but not the nuclear disaster. >> translator: due to fear of radiation, people's diets and exercise routines have changed a
lot. i think these factors have caused more problems of people in fukushima than in other areas. >> reporter: these people have been living in temporary housing for more than five years. the couple lost their jobs due to the nuclear accident. they now live on compensation from the plant operator, tepco. akio's blood pressure used to be 120 at most, but he's been diagnosed with hypertension. >> translator: my maximum reaches 150. the reading sometimes hits that figure even if i take medicine. >> reporter: the couple was originally living in iitate village, which was highly contaminated by radiation. they visit their home there every other day since officials eased the evacuation order on the area.
high levels of radiation keep them from settling back home. they used to raise about 30 cattle. they were busy taking care of them from morning until night. >> translator: i was so tired at night but i miss those days. that's all gone now. we'll have no income even if we return home. i'm so worried that i can't sleep at night. my blood pressure will stay high. >> reporter: ochi organizes seminars and international symposiums. she's been calling for comprehensive social assistance to keep the number of chronic cases in fukushima from increasing. >> translator: i fear that chronic illnesses are overshadowed by high profile radiation-related cases in fukushima, but we must take action. >> reporter: ochi remains
committed to helping out people who have lost so much and communicating their reality from the front line. shoep own shop owners in tokyo are asking tourists to mind their mannerers, their particularly concerned got people eating snacks while shopping. shop owners displayed messages written in japanese, english and chinese asking shoppers not to eat while walking around. there are a lot of shops on this street selling ice cream, sweet dumplings and other snacks, store owners say there's an increasing number of cases where souvenirs have accidentally been soiled by tourists eating as they walk around.
a tropical storm is heading towards tokyo. robert spedo tells us where it is now and how it will be affecting the area. >> this is our latest tropical storm, the 13th name stormed of the season out here in the western pacific. you can see it down here towards the south, actually quite barely on the satellite picture, it's really wrapped up with this entire front, which is stretching across most of japan and already this has us bringing more weather. on tuesday we had a wind gust of 112 kilometers per hour, 214 millimeters of rainfall. that front has already been impacting these areas so you have already seen the showers s even in tokyo, looking at rainfall, not directly from the troem tropical storm, but the tropical storm is going to follow along and towards the path of least resistance and that's that
front. we have some went reports across this area, really kind of justify that, and as it does continue to track off towards the northeast, it's going to be just kind of scurrying along the coastline, through the overnight hours and also past the key peninsula. as that happens you're going to look at this rainfall ever increasing, even into kyoto and nagasaki, you're going to see as much as 200 millimeters of prips has we goug through -- we have already seen previous storms especially back here to the north over the past week, the ground exceptionally saturated so this threat of more rain, that could bring in the chance of additional flooding. coastal areas as it does move along as well, could see winds 120 to 126 kilometers per hour. i think tokyo is going to miss
out on those strong winds, but those winds are going to make their way into the system. the other tropical system we're talking about right now, this is newton, look at that shore coming right along the coast of the baja peninsula, and that brought some rough weather, winds up to 186 kilometers per hour in cabo san lucas, i do want to show you some video coming out of a similar area here in los cabos, some rough conditions through the overnight hours. light to moderate rain luz reported through these areas. nothing like the devastation that this area saw two years ago. also this is kind of the low season as far as hotels in that region, popular tourist attractions are concerned so a lot of them were not completely booked up. so lots of impact on people, no casualties were reported from the storm. we still have hurricane warnings
in place along coastal areas and stretching across the bay there. but it does look like it's going to continue to weaken out as we look al the forecast, still some heavy rainfall in parts of arizona and new mexico. usually about 40 millimeters or 50 millimeters, back towards the north, we also have some thunderstorms blowing up along the western great lakes, even in chicago, if you have any travel plans across this area, likely to see some thunderstorms on wednesday. here's your extended outlook. that wraps up this edition of nhk "newsline." thank you for joining us.
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, mery