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a very warm welcome to nhk "newsline" broadcasting to viewers around the globe. it's 10:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. our top story this hour, prosecutors in france have put a chilean man on an international wanted list over the suspected killing of a japanese woman. narumi kurosaki has been missing. she was an exchange student in france. the prosecutors have not released the suspect's name or age. they say the man had dinner with kurosaki at a restaurant and went to her dorm area.
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there are reports police found bloodstains near the entrance. >> translator: students living on the same floor as kurosaki heard a woman screaming in the morning. >> the man has already returned to chile according to french and chilean authorities. chilean authorities believe the man has been staying in a central city. investigators in both countries are cooperating on the case. let's turn to business headlines. good morning. tell us how the markets here are kicking off the year. >> we're seeing a lot of what we saw on wall street where the dow jones industrial average and nasdaq ended the day in the positive. economic data boosted the economy. investors continue to have high
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hopes for donald trump's expansion policy. the nikkei starting the first trading day of 2017 in the positive. up by 1%. the index is being led by financials. export related tstocks are highr on a weaker yen. it had hit the mid-118 yen level on tuesday. it touched a two year high and construction spending hit a 10.5 year high many the month of november. that's a euro dollar. let's move onto markets at this hour in the asia pacific. we're seeing other markets
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modestly higher. seoul is trading flat. china markets opened in about half an hour. as we start 2017 we're expecting to see big changes around the world. this week distinguished figures in the world of business an economics will be giving us their outlook for the global economy. and we're going to start with president of the institute for international monetary affairs. you are, of course, heading the japan bank for international cooperation until june. >> now, when we asked you about possible risks to the global economy, you mentioned that 2017 was the year of the rooster. we're going to call it, it is the year of the chicken. you listed your concerns as an acronym. let me first quickly go over this for our viewers. c stands for china in big ceainty.
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htening tension in the middle east. i, inequality, c, stands for continuing low interest rates as well as inflation. k, korea's in danger, e, european fragmentation, and n, no global political leadership. we will get to that in a bit. but let's start at the top of the list, c, china in big uncertainty. so the economy in china does seem to have recovered somewhat due to government stimulus measures. what are your concerns now for china? >> yeah, china has been losing some power in the last two years. now you mentioned about some of the government intervention has been working, but still there is no solid policy making for the coming year. so some people say this is kind of a cyclical read. and other people say there's a structure reason to this. and also the nonperforming issues in china in the coming years but when they're going to start. and in addition to that, there
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is some kind of the unstable position in the political regime. so i think it could help leave some impact in the economy in the coming years. it's the second largest economy in the year right now. so it has big impacts for the asian economies. >> absolutely. let's talk about europe. the economy there is fragile. it will be undergoing big changes, especially brexit. what's the risks in the region? >> the economy has hit the bottom in last year or two. so we see some kind of recovery this year. but as you mentioned about the political, there are other issues. we have the brexit and this year the election in france and the dutch and also the germans. so there will be some impact to that. and also the refugee and
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immigrant issues to be connected some inequality some every country. so i think that's going to have some negativity toward the european economy. also it remains some kind of result of technology, it will not be so easy. so there will be some kind of adjustment but not the policy package has been shown to do that. >> so a lot to look out there. >> yes. >> now we go to no global political leadership and this, of course, or i'm assuming it stands for donald trump. people are seeing how his economic policies are going to be affecting the world. you point to risks from a lack of global political leadership. so how should we be seeing this? >> already, president obama has said the last two years i think
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angela merkel has been playing such an important role. but now america is impacting. so in this case we don't have any real political leader in the world. and mr. trump has made a huge campaign operation. so still we don't know the impact he's going to bring to the world. and also the january 20th, he's going to be the president and also the end of january and also early february he's going to make the state of the union announcement. then we'll see the real magnitude of his new policy including the infrastructure investment. so that will be seen. then we'll see a lot of the markets will see the real impact of mr. trump's new administration. then we are going to have
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somewhat reacting to that. >> one of his many promises during the campaign was to pull the u.s. out of tpp negotiations. that would have a direct impact for japan who is very much a part of the negotiations. how do you see that unfolding? >> in the coming world, i think the free trade issue is very important. so far his statement is somewhat anti-free trade operation, but i think his staff said he's just seeking for the fair trade, not only for the anti-trade operations to that. then we'll see how that will be shown in coming days on to that. but in the case of tpp, this is a real -- not so reality threat at the moment but this is a future operation. but the american free trade agreement. so that he would reconsider what he said especially relationship between mexico and the united
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states is bringing some kind of anxiety to the foreign investor s especially the japanese and the asians who made a huge investment in mexico in selling products to the united states. already mr. trump has put pressure on the u.s. companies and the government. so that will be a threat for our economy and also asian economy. >> so given all of these concerns that you outlined for us, how does this all affect japan? what does this mean for japan? what do we need to be watching out for here in japan? >> the state of the environment is not so easy. but the last two or three years the japanese government, we have recovered some kind of resilience to the shock of that. even though mr. trump is making the sharp change in trade with japan, japan can stand in some better position with that.
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in the coming year, asia should be the growth to the world. i think that japan would have more important place in the region to that. i think we don't see any sign of the deterioration of the economy at this moment. i think the acceleration of the private sector innovation and so there's some kind of issue between the government and the company and also the individual. >> so if we could quickly get you to outline the one thing that we need to work on here in japan, what would it be? >> i think it would be very much the innovative and the talents of the individual and also the good private companies that play a more important role in that. we don't rely too much on the government. i think the real power is coming from the private sector, from the individual and also the companies. that is quite important. >> time for them to shine. mr. hiroshimi watanabe, thank
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you for your time. >> thank you very much. now, as mr. watanabe touch on earlier, some u.s. manufacturers are reviewing their investments in mexico especially in response to criticism by president-elect trump. he's repeatedly complained that u.s. manufacturers are shipping jobs south of the border. ford motor announced on tuesday that it's canceling plans to spend $1.6 billion to build a new plant in mexico. instead the automaker said it will expand a domestic plant. company officials said it was due to falling demand for compact models. but others say that they were responding to trump's comments that they will take advantage on a lack of tariffs on companies built in mexico. gm is sending mexican made chevy cruze models to be shipped into
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the u.s. they responded saying that cars made in the u.s. and only a small amount or imported from mexico. they want to reach a broad agreement as soon as possible. chief negotiators have japan and the eu held intensetive discussions last month in tokyo on an economic partnership agreement. the two sides remain far apart in certain areas. japan wants the eu to abolish tariffs on automobiles. for years japan has viewed another trade pact, the transpacific partnership as central to its growth strategy but u.s. president-elect trump has vowed to pursue protectionist policies raising doubts over whether that agreement will enter into force. analysts are watching to see whether japan can strike a deal with the eu as protectionism is rising in different parts of the
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world. that's the latest in business. here is another check on markets. other stories we're following this hour, china's only aircraft carrier has completed its first takeoff and landing exercises in the south china sea. navy officials say a major goal in building a carrier fleet is to protect china's sovereignty and secure maritime interests in the south china sea.
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>> china's state-run television has aired footage of fighters taking off and landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier. the vessel was sailing in heavy seas. >> translator: we hope to further improve the aircraft's operating and combat capabilities so we can mobilize at any time. >> experts say the timing of the exercise is significant as china apparently wants to show its improving capabilities weeks before president-elect donald trump takes office. south korean president park guen-hye has failed to appear at a court session that was held to hear the first arguments on her impeachment. parliament adopted an impeachment motion against park last month over a series of scandals. the hearing at the constitutional court was held to review whether the decision was justifiable. but opening arguments were
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postponed as park didn't show up. as stipulated by law, the court decided to begin oral arguments on thursday after resummoning park. after tuesday's hearing the chairman of the parliamentary judicial committee referred to park's denial of any involvement in the scandal at a news conference she gave on sunday. he said park should show decency and make clear all the facts about the scandals in court. an attorney for park says the president's comments on sunday reiterated what she stated in her written plea. his remarks suggest the lawyers are preparing to fight the allegations against park in court. the statue of a girl was set up in front of the japanese
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consulate general. they are demanding the immediate removal. >> translator: we think the statue requires careful judgment. the nation has an obligation to protect foreign missions. >> it was noted in principle the district office has the legal authority to decide whether the statue should be removed. the office administers the sidewalk where it's been placed. he did not refer to the comment that his ministry issued on friday. said it hopes the related parties can come up with an appropriate location for the statue to remember the issue of the comfort women. a japanese college student is turning her disadvantage to
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her earning. >> reporter: she's a fourth year student at the medical and welfare university in the city of niigata. she was bornn with a left arm that ends at the elbow. despite that ahat and because o she's learning to become a prosthetist, a person that makes artificial arms and legs. >> translator: here's the mold for the leg. >> reporter: in october, she won the top prize in a competition for assistive product ideas held in tokyo. her idea was an artificial arm with an easy adjustment for length. >> translator: i want to understand people for people who feel like giving up. i aim to come up with products they can use. >> reporter: in high school, she
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was on the track team and planned to become a sports nutritions. she changed her mind at a college recruiting event where she heard of a program to train prosthetists. >> translator: i made the decision in an instant and chose my major. >> reporter: she rarely uses a prosthetic arm in daily life. having grown used to her natural arm, she doesn't experience it as an inconvenience. in college, she found that certain tasks required two hands. >> translator: i couldn't do some things because i had to use two things. for instance, holding an object in one hand and hitting it with the other. at first i'd ask my friends for help, but my teachers told me that was wrong. they insisted i had to be able to do the job myself.
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i got the point. >> reporter: her own condition gave her insight into the difficulties others might be facing. >> translator: usually you make an arm the same length as the patient's other one but sometimes that's not ideal. i thought why not make the length adjustable. >> reporter: so, she did. the shoulder muscles move the end part. a mechanism allows it to expand and contract. she's used to her left arm to be short. for detailed work, she shortens the prosthetic. she makes it longer when working with potential dangerous high temperatures to maintain a safety distance. her own needs have given rise to
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ideas for a whole host of functions. they told her what might be useful to others. >> translator: of course, the natural way is for both arms to be the same. i want people to realize that different lengths can be beneficial too. >> reporter: she continues to explore new concepts like a hand designed for efficient bandaging. >> translator: i felt that missing amiss ing an arm was a negative thing. i want to be a prosthetis who anticipates their needs. >> reporter: anticipating their needs by paying attention to her own. nhk world, niigato. the new united nations secretary general has started the new year by getting down to work.
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he said team work was critical in achieving the goals. >> this is the moment we need to assert the value of multilateralism. we need to recognize only global solutions can address global problems and the u.n. is the cornerstone of that multilateral approach. >> he said he recognizes there's a growing divide between the public and governments in many countries. he said there's a lot of skepticism about the roles the u.n. can play. he also underline the need to reform the organization. the world bodies under criticism for its inefficiency. some has come from u.s. president-elect donald trump. last week he tweeted the u.n. was just a place to talk and have a good time. israeli police have questioned prime minister netanyahu over allegations of misconduct. they say he received unlawful
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gifts while services in office. they questioned business people who gave the gifts. the investigation has been under way since june. police obtained sufficient evidence to justify questioning the prime minister. netanyahu maintains his innocence. >> translator: i want to tell my opponents don't celebrate just yet. nothing will be final because i have done nothing wrong. >> police plan to continue their investigation including questioning netanyahu. let's get a check of the weather. people are back at work after a holiday. we're seeing sunny blue skies out there. robert speta has the latest. >> yes.
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we have been seeing sunny skies. it's not just for the big cities. around mt. fuji we had some clear conditions. this time of year sets for a beautiful event. what we call diamond fuji. it's called that because it looks like a die plonamond on ta ring there. it lasts for about two minutes. you can see it's beautiful image right there. really big opportunity for photographers to get out there too. you can see them all lined up trying to get that rather rare capture there. definitely the next several days could be a good day to get out there and still get that image just because of the dry conditions along the pacific coastline of japan.
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the sea of japan coastline not so much. in fact, we have the winter weather set up continuing to come through. see about 15, maybe 30 centimeters of snow heading into thursday morning. you'll be seeing snow here on wednesday, thursday and over towards friday. tokyo 14. dropping down to 9 with the northwesterly winds coming in. some snowfall by thursday. very similar to tokyo, along the pacific of coastline staying dry but cooler temperatures working their way in through thursday into friday and even headed into the weekend as well. if we pull back the bigger picture, high pressure dominating much of north eastern asia. we're still looking at haze and arrange the beijing area especially north eastern china extending down south. we have a low developing here. that will bring scattered showers but also stir up the atmosphere. maybe not so much for beijing but towards the south it will be
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improving your air quality out there heading thursday into friday. then if we look over here towards europe, we have several storm systems. it's this one coming out of scandinavian peninsula. that combined with heavy snowfall reducing visibility at times as it moves across parts of germany. plenty of snowfall there. one other thing is you have cold temperatures especially east of that jet stream on wednesday. much of eastern europe. for example, moscow minus 7. kiev at 0. warsaw up to 1. madrid and lisbon may see scatter showers. quickly want to mention across the wooeestern half of the u.s.
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you'll be looking at fairly rough weather. flash flood watches are in place up and down the western seaboard of california. heavy snowfall. some areas could see well over 100 centimeters in the mountains of the sierra nevada. i think if you're in l.a. or san diego do slow down on the roads. here is the extended outlook. one more story to share with you before we go. children in western japan kicked off the new year showing off their math skills. they gathered at a shrine in
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osaka for an annual abacus work shop. about 1,000 elementary school and junior high school students took part. rows of abacuses, each nearly two meters long, were at osaka tenmangu. the shrine honors the god of learning. the students took on the challenge of adding numbers as they were read out. >> translator: i finally got all the answers right. i did it. >> many sets of numbers were given including some totaling 2,017. smart kids there. that wraps up this edition of nhk "newsline." thanks very much for joining us.
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elaine: 6 years and billions of dollars have done little to help the small earthquake-devastated country of haiti. what is life like today for those who survived the deadly quake? i'm elaine reyes in washington, d.c., and this is "americas now." first up--haiti's catastrophic earthquake in 2010 demolished much of the island's already fragile infrastructure. despite over $10 billion donated in aid, struggles and poor conditions persist. woman: really, we don't know what happened to the money. ha ha! but i don't see nothing done. there's really nothing done. elaine: correspondent stephen gibbs travels to the hard-hit island nation. he'll assess the quality of life for haitians now.

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