hello there and welcome to nhk "news line". transportation officials in the u.s. are investigating the cause of a deadly train crash. a commuter train on the western railing in new jersey plowed into a training platform during rush hour. at least one person died and 108 others were injured when a commuter train crashed into a station in the eastern u.s. state of new jersey. >> people were screaming in the first car, they were trapped, they couldn't get out. they managed to get us out the
same doorway. >> governor christie also revealed that a woman on the platform was killed when part of the roof collapsed. obviously a tremendous tragedy. we pray for the family of the fatality. >> reporter: christie also commended the passengers who assisted with the rescue. >> reporter: i'm standing in front of hoboken train station. this is as close as we are alive to get. behind me emergency vehicles are still coming in and out. the crash occurred during the morning rush hour when the station was crowded with people. according to eye witnesses, the train didn't slow down and crashed into the bumper guards. it jumped over the platform and crashed into the station wall. the ceiling collapsed onto the first car. i spoke with one of the train engineers. he said there was a loud noise.
people were running and screaming to escape the scene. some were covered with debris. hoboken is a large terminal station with many lines. it is a major transportation hub in the area. kenji mcculley, nhk world. >> as investigators try to figure out the cause of the crash, they're looking back to a similar incident in 2011, another train crashed into bumpers at the same station. more than 30 people on board were injured. japanese government finls have just released a stack of fresh economic data. break it down for us. what are you seeing? >> i'm going to start with the consumer price index, because pulling the economy out of deflation is one of shinzo abe's
goals. the index for august was down for the sixth straight month. officials at the internal affairs ministry say it was half a percent lower than it was last year. the reading was actually up 0.20% when all types of energy and food are excluded. consumers in japan continue to keep a tight grip on their wallets. spending fell 4.6% from a year ago. this is the sixth consecutive month of decline. households on average spent about 280,000 yep or around $237 a month. economy ministry officials say the number last month stood at 94.6 against a base of 100 in 20 so and that is up 1.5% from july.
they're predicting a 2.2% increase for october. let's see what's happening with markets now, wall street fell on renewed concerns over the banking sector. both the dow jones industrial average as well as the nasdaq ericing all the gains we saw the previous day falling just about 1% each. we're going to see how tokyo markets are opening now. good morning, rumi, happy friday, tell us about what you're seeing over there. >> reporter: as you said there, some of that positive sentiment has definitely faded, i'll come to the open legals in a second. but follow the opec meeting and the concerns of deutsch bank also going through the market. nikkei down 1.5% just in the first few minutes of trading, and the topix is down 1.3%.
we're seeing a reversal of that this morning. this friday morning. that followed a preliminary agreement by opec members to limit their daily output in their meeting in algeria, the benchmark crude oil futures stayed strong even one day after the deal. however that sentiment quickly faded as fears about deutsch bank caused ripples across the market, it's shares fell to a railro record low, saying hedge funds withdrew from the lender. many are concerned about how it may affect european banks, bank stocks closed sharply lower as we noticed on u.s. and european forces. >> we are seeing the yen rise again against other currencies,
give us an updap on what's going on. >> u.s. currency hit an overnight high against the yen. that's after u.s. second quarter gdp came in a lib stronger than expected. but the green back soon lost steam. you can see there to the lower 101 levels. many traders are buying the yen, which is considered a safer asset in times of market volatility. and we have definitely seen that. and the euro is trading against the dollar and the yen. let's get a quick look also at indexes that are open right now in asia, we're talking about kospi, down 0.65%. and australia's sx 200, down 4.6%. today another focus will be on niss
nissan, nissan wants britain to pay what results from its decision to leave the eu, or it could scrap any new investments. speaking of automakers, is paris motor show is getting under way, just as european automakers are shifting gears in their offerings, the show opened thursday to reporters. european countries used to put diesel models at the front of theirlineup, diesel has been -- this time around, the car makers are showcasing electric and plug in hybrid vehicles. a car it claims can run 600 kilometers on a single charge. the project underlines the company's shift in focus to
diesel to electric. and japan's nissan motors displayed a new gasoline engine that it says rivals diesel ones for fuel efficiency. in south korea, more single people are breaking with tradition and living on their own. that's captured the attention of businesses, especially in the property sector. nhk world explains. >> come pact and cozy, this room in seoul offers a window on single living, with just 20 square meters of floor space. this apartment works hard to provide all the comforts of home, including the laundry. the developer tries to build more properties like this.
30% of the apartments belong to singles. small apartments are driving the market. >> translator: more and more apartments around seoul are being replaced with small ones, under 40 square meters, we expect the number to keep growing. >> reporter: there's been a shift in marriage and family values. living alone used to be frowned on for many young people today it spells freedom. he moved into this one-room unit two years ago. he likes the area, which is popular with the singles crowd. >> translator: i'm the kind of person who finds it hard to come home to family or another person and spend time with them. here, i can do what i want to do, without bothering anyone.
so i like things as they are right now. >> the growing popularity of smaller living quarters has people looking for more storage. one solution is my box, just order a box online, fill it up with unneeded stuff, and sends it off. >> your my box is safely stored in this warehouse, it has humid control and high security. the company has reported growth of 30% a month since the service launched in april. most customers are under 40 and single. >> we want our customers to consider my box as an extension of their closet. whenever they need something, they can easily request it, and within 24 hours we'll deliver their items. so they never have to worry about running out of space in their apartment. >> reporter: in the past, south
koreans ate in groups, today more people want to dine alone. this restaurant opened in july in a district where many single people live. one popular dish is pork spine soup. it's usually served in a hot pot for two or three people. but here there are single portions too. there are other places where singer diners can have smart phone holders and battery chargers. >> single dining took some getting used to. but then i liked it. >> we try to franchise to grow our business. our target is to open 100 stores next year, our ultimate goal is to have 500. >> reporter: businesses are struggling with a slowdown in consumer spending. but catering with the singles
worried about the budget. tokyo's governor ordered a panel to look at the cost of the olympics for the 2020 olympics paralympics. they crunched the numbers and said plans for the games need a major overall. now, we are taking a good look at what can be cut. nhk reports. >> reporter: you could say tokyo's new governor is experiencing some olympic-sized sticker shock. >> translator: the project proceeded without anyone knowing why the budget swelled up to 20 or $30 billion. >> reporter: yuriko koike's numbers were from a tokyo government panel's estimate. the results were released on thursday. the total cost for the tokyo olympics could be more than the four times of the original estimate. to get to the bottom of the surging cost, koike set up an investigation team to look at the books for the 2020 games. controversy around the games is nothing new.
the original design for the main stadium was scrapped for being too costly. so a new, cheaper design was chosen. in the crosshairs this time, three proposed waterfront venues that are well overbudget. ariake arena is the name for the planned volleyball venue. costs have doubled to $400 million. for swimming, the budget to finish the aquatic centers has doubled to $678 million. for rowing and canoeing, costs for the proposed sea forest waterway have risen a staggering sevenfold to $488 million. what's more, the waterway was getting failing grades from athletes. >> translator: rowing boats are very narrow which makes them very vulnerable to waves.
the boats are designed to race on still surfaces only. >> reporter: the venues were chosen because they are near the heart of tokyo. the metropolitan government planned what they call a compact olympics. but because of the cost, panel members are recommending cheaper alternatives. they say the prospects for using these venues after the games haven't even been studied properly. making venue changes isn't something tokyo can just go ahead and do. it first needs approval from the international olympic committee and international sports organizations. but for koike, the changes may be necessary. >> translator: we cannot leave a negative legacy for people in tokyo. >> reporter: koike says she wants the review to be finished as soon as possible. there are less than four years before the games, so there's only a limited amount of time to get everything ready for riding the olympics lane.
nhk world, tokyo. the president of the organizing committee for the games attended a closed-door meeting called by koike mori expressed concern over the proposal for review. >> translator: the executive board of the ioc decided on the venues after a rigorous screening process. i told the attendees that it would be extremely difficult to overturn these decisions at the request of japan. >> mori also said the proposal is meant for the consideration of the tokyo governor. he added he will comment on the proposal after listening to the governor's judgment on the matter. there's been another development with safety checks for the relocation site of the tsukiji historic fish market. the tokyo metropolitan government says it's found traces of benzene and arsenic in underground water at the market
site. samples collected were found to slightly exceed environmental standards. it's the first time toxic substances have exceeded standards since the tests began in 2014. tokyo governor koike will wait until all tests are finished before deciding on whether to move the market. the move was supposed to take place in early november. but koike postponed the relocation because of contamination concerns with the new site. it was previously the site of a gas plant. philippine president rodrigo duterte was in vietnam to talk the officials with respect weren't able to verify who filled in the market's
foundation with clean soil against the advise of experts or when that decision was made. plans to create spaces for monitoring contamination even after the markets opened. they also proceeded with studies on soil contamination. in 2011, city firms created a polity to monitor -- but the construction work proceeded without a clear decision making process. it attributes the problem to a lack of communication among officials and it says it wasn't clear who was responsible for the entire projekt. it will be friday before a full report is release #.
police in china have detained a man suspected of having killed 19 people in a southwestern village. police detained the man about 200 kilometers away. they say he was born in 1989 and lived in the village. local media reports he is deep in debt from gambling. language barriers are a problem for people individuals sitting japan. so the government wants to support technology that will help them get around and communicate. >> at an information center
halfway up mt. fuji, a tourist asks a japanese guide some questions in chinese about the mountain. he takes out a smart phone. >> translator: you can't camp. there's a hut on the way and you can stay there overnight. >> translator: it gave a perfect translation without any hassle. i was really surprised. >> reporter: this app voicestra was developed in japan by a national technology institute. it currently supports 31 languages including english, chinese and russian. it uses a very accurate speech recognition system. audio data of the user's voice is sent to this computer at the
research institute. it analyzes the audio and converts it to text by referring to more than 8,000 hours of recordings collected from over 80,000 people. it then sends back an audio and text translation in less than a second. the biggest problem for any speech recognition technology is unwanted noise. researchers record ambient sounds in town. typically background noise interferes with the ability of speech recognition systems to understand the words of the speaker. >> translator: this cicada is only about 80 decibels. >> reporter: researchers record many background sounds. once the computer has been fed the audio data it can recognize such noises and eliminate them. >> what ride do you want to go on first? >> which ride do you want to go on first? >> after the background noise
has been removed you can hear the words clearly. the government is funding the development of a further improved version of the system to be ready for overseas visitors by 2020. >> translator: we would like the technology to get close to simultaneous translation even if several people are speaking at once. >> reporter: the institute's technology has also been used in a new service for railway companies. codeveloped with a private firm the service can instantly translate announcements made in train stations. researchers are putting their energy and know how into helping visitors overcome the language barrier at the tokyo olympics. it's time for a check of the weather across australia. our meteorologist robert speda has the latest.
this was a long duration, south wales, you're going to continue to see windy conditions. so this storm system is slowly making its way back towards the east, they're going to have the recovery back there towards the west, but if you look back out here, we actually have another cold front that's going to cool into the picture. saturday a little bit of a break in the forecast, but sunday, it could kick back up again, by friday and saturday, it will be improving, a big warmup as well out ahead of that next warm front. let's take a look back towards the north, and talk about chilly weather across japan, what we have going on is a stationary boundary that's lingering across the korean peninsula, 100 to 150 millimeters of rainfall expected on friday.
but north of that, you have to remember, these boundaries usually separate the warm and the cold air. in hokkaido, this is the first time we have had this early a snowfall. this is the highest mountain in hokkaido, last week we were talking about ft. fugi, this one's higher elevation, this one's about 120 meters up. looks like winter is under way across this region. this is the first snow of the season. we also mentioned this frontal area that's also bringing heavy rainfall across parts of even china, kind of the remnants of maggie out here. more rain is not going to be welcomed a that looks like it's definitely going to be the threat over the next couple of days, shanghai, taipei, both got rainfall here
>> on this edition of "native report"... we view legendary works of fine art at the gilcrease museum in oklahoma. >> and some of the stories i want to tell are completely... >> we interview noted filmmaker chris eyre. >> housing issues... >> and we meet eastern band of cherokee indians vice chief larry blythe. >> ...how do we create those opportunities. >> we also learn something new about indian country and hear from our elders on this "native report." >> production of "native report" is made possible by grants from the shakopee mdewakanton sioux community and the blandin foundation.