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hello there, welcome to nhk "newsline." it's wednesday, september 28th, 9:00 a.m. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. taiwan has been hit by a deadly typhoon. megi has killed at least four people and injured more than 160. it's the third typhoon in as many months. in taipei, heavy rains and strong winds knocked over trees and severed power lines. fallen signs blocked roads. a sight-seeing bus was blown over on an expressway. eight japanese tourists and the guide were injured. the total rainfall exceeded 1,000 millimeters in the mountainous area of the northeast, and weather officials
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are calling for caution against mudslides. authorities say about 35,000 soldiers have been placed on standby across the island. many flights were canceled, in addition to the suspension of the island's high-speed train service. robert speta joins us now with more on the storm. >> well, across taiwan, it does look like things are starting to calm down slightly, but we still have gusts from the back end of the storm system, especially in the southwestern end of the island, extending to taipei. winds still breezy out here. the other big problem is the rainfall that came down. over a thousand millimeters here in the northeast. the max was here, just towards the south. you can see the heaviest area across and down towards the southwest. all the rain that has fell into the mountains still flowing out to the coast. it does look like river flooding will be a major threat.
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also the chance of land and rockslides for wednesday and thursday. as far as the forecast for fujian province, though, the winds gusting 180, right now, starting to make landfall across this area, and as we look ahead for the rest of the day, the rain is going to be the biggest threat. the storm will continue to weaken out as it interacts with land here, but all that precipitation is going to be piling up. in some locations, we'll look at 450 millimeters of total rainfall. this isn't our last storm. we have another one i'll talk about later that could impact japan early next week. >> robert speta there. he'll be back later on in the program. a former chair person of han gin shipping has admitted her responsibility for the companies's bankruptcy and apologized.
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she was asked about the firm's business and her role in its failure. she was head of the company for five years. she says she feels responsibility as chief executive even though the firm was strugglng with a worldwide slump in the shipping industry. she revealed she contributed about 9 million of her own funds in the hope of rebuilding the company. port operators in many companies have been refusing port calls by hanjin's container vessels since it filed for bankruptcy in august. they are afraid they won't receive port and handling fees. they hope to resolve the turmoil by the end of october. but the firm is facing the possibility of huge damage claims over the delayed shipping of cargo. u.s. government officials have filed criminal charges and sanctions against a chinese company. they accuse the firm of violating sanctions meant to cut off funds to north korean companies that help develop nuclear weapons. china says it will cooperate
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with the investigation. the u.s. officials say four executives of dandong industrial development company conspired to evade sanctions. the firm is a trading company in northeastern china on the border with north korea. at chinese foreign ministry spokesperson expressed displeasure over the u.s. sanctions. >> translator: we oppose any other country attempting to control chinese firms or individuals that fall under the country's laws. >> but he said his country will deal with violations of laws by any firm or individual, and he said china is ready to cooperate with all countries concerned on an equal footing, if the need arises. a court in osaka has ordered a citizens group to compensate a korean resident in japan for defamation incurred by hate speech.
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freelance journ freelance journalist lee sinhae sought damages from the group. lee charged the group's former leader, called her anti-japanese in hate speeches between 2013 and 2014. she said the group also mocked her looks on the internet and repeated discriminatory remarks. the group described its actions as freedom of expression. the presiding judge said the group's public and persistent degrading of lee exceeded the acceptable limit of criticism and was obviously aimed at fueling discrimination against korean residents in japan. the judge ordered the group to pay lee about $7,600. >> translator: today's ruling may be a small victory, but i wish to earn more of these small victories from now on as well. >> lee's lawyer says it's the first time a court has acknowledged hate speech against an individual as discrimination. the group issued a statement criticizing the court decision as unbiased -- or, rather, biased and unfair. it said it plans to appeal the ruling.
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tokyo's wholesale market chief is trying to regain public trust after delays in the relocation of an iconic fish market. he spoke before an assembly committee and apologized for misinformation about measures taken to deal with sewer pollution at the new site. >> translator: i sincerely apologize for causing people worry about foot safety and having harmed the trust in the government of tokyo. he also said a panel of experts will re-examine safety issues at the site. the new facility was originally scheduled to replace the famous tsukiji market later this year. soil contamination has caused delays. a report is expected before the weekend. now let's check what's
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making business headlines. global investors were closely watching the u.s. presidential debate and wall street climbed yesterday in reaction to that crucial event. to see how markets are faring, we go to ai uchida from our business desk. what are you seeing? >> investors were certainly relieved yesterday as hillary clinton claimed victory over donald trump. markets tend to see clinton as keeping the status quo, meaning less uncertainty down the road. then investors shifted their attention. u.s. markets did shrug off a slump in oil prices but focused on the positive consumer confidence data. and with that wall street rose. the dow jones industrial average up three-fourths percent. in tokyo this wednesday morning, we go to ramin mellegard at the tokyo stock exchange. good morning. >> good morning to you. the drama surrounding the oil
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output caps comes before the opec meeting later today in algeria, with iran saying it's not willing to limit output production for the time being. there's also the continued concerns over deutsche bank and the plight of its trying to grapple with a gigantic fine from the u.s. government. so a lot of focus on the banking sector as well. but let's have a look at how the nikkei and the topix are kicking off this wednesday, september 28th. the nikkei down 1.23% and the broader topix down 1.19% as well. the nikkei was the benefit of the presidential debate as they sold yen and bought the dollar on the perceived victory of hillary clinton in round one of three debates. that should help beaten down exporters which have been held back by a stubbornly strong yen. also, the energy sector shares were among some of the worst performers overnight on wall street. we'll keep track of those shares
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here, which have seen a pretty volatile few sessions really as investors keep betting on the outcome of the opec meeting and output caps. however, let's focus on the banking sector now, worries about deutsche bank's finances may take center stage given that the german government will not help with any state funding as the german bank tries to get to grips with a $14 billion fine from the u.s. government based on sales of mortgage-backed securities. we may see volatility in contingent convertible bonds whose purpose is exactly really to take losses when a bank's capital falls below critical levels. so that's really another very big focus here, the banks. >> i want to ask you, we saw the yen fall against the dollar yesterday after the debates. where are some of the key levels now? >> exactly. we did see some drastic shifts,
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if you will. right now, 100.47. but the yen actually weakened close to the upper 100 yen level, close to the 101 yen level. it touched 100.07 before the debate. it was perceived that clinton won the first debate and eased japan's concerns about the state of the current military alliance between the two countries. let's get a quick look at indexes that are open right now. kospi is lower and australia is in the positive. back to you. >> thanks a lot for that update, ramin. well, many of the appliances and other devices we use every day will be connected to the internet in the coming years. now japanese and american groups plan to work together on common technical standards behind the technology that will make that happen. it's known as the internet of things. one group is japan's i.o.t.
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acceleration consortium. members represent the country's major firms, such as hitachi, ntt, and panasonic. the u.s. side includes general electric and intel. the two sides are expected to exchange memorandums as early as october. i.o.t. has the potential to dramatically change the way we live and work when it's used to connect factories with the products they make, data can be gathered for use in production management and development. the result would be higher corporate productivity levels. the japanese consortium has been conducting joint research on the use of iot, however, the u.s. and germany are leaders when it comes to putting the technology into practical use. the japanese and german governments have already joined hands in creating international iot standards. the japanese prime minister says improving working conditions is a priority of his administration. shinzo abe has taken a step
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toward that goal by instructing a panel of experts to compile specific measures by march. abe assembled the panel members for their first meeting on tuesday. >> translator: reforming work style is a key of our economic policy's third pillar, structural reform. it needs to be carried out promptly, with a strong commitment to seeing it through. putting it off is not an option. >> abe told the panel what issues need to be worked out. these include equal pay for equal work. so that temporary workers see improvements. pay raises and higher labor productivity are other issues. also on the agenda are shorter work hours. employment support for jobseekers, including senior citizens, and nurturing human resources. abe said his government plans to compile a detailed plan and road map by the end of the fiscal
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year and submit the necessary bills soon after. japan's tourism officials are gearing up for the autumn sight-seeing season, from hot springs, to express trains, there's a lot of promoting to do, and there's one event they can't afford to miss. china's international tourism expo. nhk world explains. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: promoting culture. others are offering a relaxing time. whatever the pitch, everyone is chasing chinese tourists. 55 countries and regions set up booths at the industry expo in guan joe. japan has a high profile. some 20 local governments and businesses took part.
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a record number. >> translator: japan is a scenic country with great food. i like to visit. >> reporter: hot springs are popular. they offered a little bit of experience of authentic spring water. >> translator: it's warm and feels nice. my hands have got smoother. >> reporter: this company joined the expo for the first time. a company mascot worked hard to charm families. the company's trains from central osaka to the international airport, they also serve many tourist spots in the region. >> translator: hello there, we're from osaka.
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>> reporter: a record 3.8 million chinese tourists visit japan in first seven months of this year. most of them come in groups. but now more people are traveling individually. and that means more opportunity for transport companies. they're using social networks in china to get the word out, offering gift to people who register for promotional messages. >> translator: chinese people really have a strong interest in japan. for sight-seeing, food, and other things. china has a large population. so we have high expectations. >> reporter: many companies are competing but japan's tourist
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industry is confident. nhk world, guan joe. >> that is the latest in business news for this hour. here's a check on, ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ , ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ m, ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ ar, ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ k, ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ e, ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ t, ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ s, ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ ms. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ s. -- on markets. ♪ ♪ . -- on markets. ♪ ♪ ♪ wrp . >> other stories we're following this hour, southeast asian economies have been enjoying a surge in investments. property prices in thailand have jumped and so as the stock
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market but advisers are urging caution. >> reporter: the economy is awash with investment, foreign money is flowing in and a record property boom is under way. the average price of a two bedroom condominium unit at this new development is $800,000. every one of them was snapped up. across the luxury market, prices have doubled since two years ago. half the buyers are from overseas. >> high property price is really low compared to the fall in, market especially for hong kong and singapore. i think the market in thailand still grow. >> reporter: the stock market has also benefitted from increased foreign investment. securities firms seem to be getting an increasing number of
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orders from foreign investors. it's part of a new flow of money into emerging asian markets, due to global credit easing. foreigners have bought about $3.6 billion of stock so far this year. the benchmark index is up nearly 20%. >> translator: this is the year when money flows into emerging markets. >> reporter: buoyed by rising stock prices, investments, and consumer spending, the thai economy has turned around, gdp expanding for two straight quarters. but as economics points out, the looming possibility of rising interest rates in the united states could negatively affect markets in asia. >> translator: if the u.s. raises its interest rates, money will flow into u.s. markets and asian markets, on the other
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hand, will stagnate. >> reporter: thailand and other southeast asian economies have been in recovery mode. but if u.s. interest rates start rising, investors here worry that the boom could fade. nhk world, bangkok. as japan's population grows older, many senior citizens are continuing to work, but not as long as a beautician in the western part of the country. she still has the scissors in hand at the age of 95. nhk world reports. >> reporter: she has a long-term perspective on beauty.
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that experience is available to customers in tosashimizu. she's spent 65 of her years as a beautician. many of her customers have been coming to her for more than half a century. this woman has been a regular for 63 years. >> translator: i know your style without asking. >> translator: please stay healthy. if you stop working, i've got nowhere else to go. >> reporter: ogawa's instruments have served her for decades. she relies on them and an assistant. >> translator: could you please come now, it's very crowded. >> reporter: her daughter helps
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out when the salon is busy. she's 69. akemi lives next door and can come as soon as the phone rings. beauty runs in the family. mother and daughter, 50 years ago, at the salon. ogawa and other stylists were on the job from morning to night. she still works hard, shopping every day at the supermarket and doing all the housework, including cleaning and laundry. in her career and life, she always strives for beauty. she does her own hair before opening the door to the salon. and she decorates the space with fresh flowers. >> translator: i put the flowers here because it's where most people come in. >> reporter: her appearance and style of the salon offer
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customers essential elegance and professionalism. one of them stops by every day at 4:00. the owner of a bar across the street. >> translator: she waits for me and arranges her schedule around mine. >> reporter: and when akemi is away -- >> translator: i help out when her daughter can't. >> translator: my assistant is not here today. >> reporter: for 43 years they've had each other's backs. >> translator: after i finish, i'm always happy to hear a customer say she feels lighter or even ten years younger. i hope to continue doing this work as long as i can. it's my way of making people's lives a little better.
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>> reporter: no retirement plans for sekae ogawa. for her, beauty is a life-long pursuit. massa youky matsuoka, nhk world. >> what an incredible woman. as we've been reporting, people in taiwan are being impacted by a typhoon. robert speta joins us once again with the latest. >> yes. we have been watching this storm system, megi, starting way back towards guam, tracking over taiwan, now in the southeastern areas of fujian province out there. still this is a dangerous storm system. though it has decreased in its intensity. winds right now, 126, dwugustino 180 kilometers per hour. definitely a heavy rainfall and threat of flooding, chance of landslides in taiwan. but conditions will be gradually improving throughout the day.
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towards the east, we have another tropical storm. this one is still just barely holding on to tropical storm intensity, 65 kilometers per hour sustained. but it's expected to move over the mariana islands, just towards the north of guam and then eventually off towards the northwest, moving into the southern japanese islands. we really do want to pay attention to how this is going to track and how much it's going to strengthen as we head into the early part of next week. something to watch out for. back to the north, we have a frontal area dominating much of japan today. i know if you're out across western areas of the country, have been seeing heavy rainfall. parts of kyushu over towards shikoku could see 200 millimeters of total precipitation, along with thunderstorms flaring up in a few of these areas. this is something we're watching out for. one thing i want to note, as this moves to the southeast, tokyo, high of 31, partly cloudy skies, going to cool off
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dramatically by thursday and friday. temperatures into the low 20s. let's look into southern australia as well. you can see it right here. this is the big topic. if you are out here, you probably already know about this, because there has been widespread warnings put in place because of this storm system. it's a very potent low coming out of the antarctic. we're looking at winds upwards of 90 to 120 kilometers per hour. incredible. waves could be about 11 meters high. now, the big thing with this, just that tight pressure gradient, not out ahead of the cold front, but behind it, as the winds wrap in from the southern ocean. slamming there, eventually into victoria and over towards tasmania as well. people need to be preparing. does look like it's going to have a big impact on crops as well as residents. heavy showers wednesday and thursday. clearing up by friday. also across the americas, heavy
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showers, gusty winds in the southeastern u.s. things do improve back to the west. sunny skies for those in denver and oklahoma city. all right, here's the extended outlook. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ to share with you before we go. a japanese team taking part in an international race to operate a rover on the moon, has begun testing its machine on sand
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dunes in western japan. the dunes are similar to the lunar surface. the team named white rabbit put its 60 centimeter long craft through its paces. it must operate for 500 meters on the lunar surface and send video and still images back to earth. members were checking its capability to travel smoothly on the undulating terrain. >> translator: because it seems like it's a dream, but it will come true as we make improvements step by step. >> they're one of 16 private sector companies participating in the contest. the japanese team has arranged to send its rover to the moon around a year from now aboard a fallon 9 rocket operated by u.s. firm spacex. that's all for this edition of nhk "newsline." thanks for joining us.
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