coming out of the exciting musical scene in barcelona, spain. it's 7:00 p.m. tuesday in japan, glad you could join us in japan, i'm james tengan in tokyo. we take a quick look at the hour's top stories. the battle over relow itting a u.s. military base in southern japan is heating up. the governor revoked permission for land reclamation work on the project. u.s. forces have begun air
dropping weapons to armed groups fighting militants in syria. and when disaster strikes in japan, foreigners sometimes find themselves left in the dark. local officials are taking steps to change things. plans to relocate a u.s. air base in southern japan hit a new hurdle. the governor revoked approval for land reclamation needed for the frojt. japanese government leaders say the relocation is necessary to enhance the japan-u.s. alliance. nhk world has more. >> reporter: okinawa governor said the approval given by the predecessor was legally flawed and authorized a document declaring it invalid. >> translator: we will continue arguing our position, which we believe is correct. we will gain the understanding of both people in okinawa and in
japan from a legal and political standpoint. >> reporter: the responses in okinawa have been mixed. >> translator: the governor was elected by the okinawan people's will, and his actions correctly reflect that. >> translator: i think there are many opinions on this issue, but there are growing threats in east asia, especially china. >> reporter: okinawa hosts 70% of military facilities in japan. government officials have been planning to relocate the u.s. marine corp. air station. they want to move it from a densely populated inland area of okinawa to the coast. workers have been doing test drilling offshore in preparation for the reclamation work. he was elected by landslide last
year on pledge to prevent relocation of the base in okinawa. he's been reviewing the approval given by his predecessor. he set up an independent panel to look at the process. its members drafted a report in july that identifies four legal flaws. the central and okinawa government held a series of meetings to try to work out their differences. but they were not able to come to an agreement. the japanese government's top spokesperson called the latest developments regretle, and he took issue over questions of the legality of the approval process. >> translator: we think there is no legal flaw. we are not changing plans to relocate the base. we'll continue the reclamation
work in accordance to the law while paying attention to the current living environments. >> reporter: than plan to ask the land minister to suspend the cancellation and then overturn it. ministry officials will study the plan before deciding how to proceed. if the impasse continues, the battle over the base relocation could wind up in court. nhk world. >> we'll keep you updated on the story. thank you very much for that report. chinese authorities are investigating another warehouse explosion, no casualties, but comes two months after similar, but fatal blasts rocked the port city. there were two explosions monday night in a bare house north of the city center. the center stored alcohol and ammonia. this footage taken near the site
shows fire balls into the night sky. in august, a warehouse complex storing hazardous chemicals caught fire and exploded, and more than 170 people were killed. officials in beijing vowed to crack down on safety rules. latest explosions are raising doubts about the end forcement of such measures. u.s. cargo planes started air dropping weapons to arm groups fighting militants in syria after american leaders revamped their strategy last week in the war torn country. pentagon officials say supplies were flown to opposition fighters vetted by the u.s., but they did not disclose who received materials citing safety concerns. reuters news agency said the recipients were rebel groups allied with a kurdish militia. they stepped up strikes on towns, and they planned a
training program to help syria fighters to create a ground force. government officials in washington scrapped the plan last week with difficulties in recruiting fighters, and they've opted to provide weapons instead. russia's troops have been stepping up their military operations in syria, but their air strikes are meant to bolster president assad's regime. a u.n. envoy hopes moscow and washington see eye to eye in solving syria's conflicts. they plan to visit russia and the u.s. this week trying to resolve the crisis with only weapons is not going to be enough, and stressed that priorities should be placed on presumption of dialogue between assad and opposition forces. >> it is also true winning terrorism is only achieved through a parallel, i repeat, parallel, all inclusive,
transformative, political process. russian media say foreign minister will meet on tuesday. endless and investors pour over trade figures from china to see which way the economy is headed. gene otani has the details on that and round up of other business stories, gene? >> thanks, james. chinese customs officials released a batch of figures that will add to concerns about the economy. they say in september exports and imports were down again. officials at the general administration of customs say exported dropped nearly 4% from a year ago, and in dollar terms, down for three months. imports plunged more than 20%. imports have been falling for 11 month straight. leaders in beijing predicted a different story for 2015, setting a target of 6% growth of
value of trade across the year. in september, it's down more than 8% compared with the same period last year. analysts were surprised by how far those imports fell. they say it's likely to put more pressure on leaders in beijing to stimulate domestic demand. to officials with the communist policy prepare for a policy meeting reportedly set to hold the fifth session of the central's committee at the end of the month. president xi ping says more than 100 will gather in beijing discussing the five year plan for the economy. leaders said they want to shift the focus of growth from speed to quality. they also want to move china away from an export oriented model to one based on domestic consumption. they pledged to double gross domestic product and gross income 2010 levels by 2020. they will likely use the meeting to come up with reforms that do not place a drag on growth.
stocks, share prices on tuesday stepped back from last week's high as the market reopen after a three day holiday. data out of china weigh down invester sentiment. our business reporter has the details. aika? >> reporter: the nikkei has been up seven out of the eight past sessions so many investors, it was the right time to secure profits. look at today's closing prices. the nikkei declined by 1.1% to close at 18234, and the broader topix index down .8%, and they extended losses by the release of china's trade data. index heavy weights in market caps were a drag on the overall index. fast retailing was down 3%, and mobile phone carrier softbank shed 3%. the news from china affected companies that rely heavily on demand from that country such as
fanuc. it fell by 3 prepondera.3%. gains were limited by demands of food and beverage or railway companies, another sign that investors are trying to play it safe. sappora and southeast japan railway both advanced. u.s. businesses reenforced the defensive posture investors assumed in response to the soft economic data from asia. >> aika, thanks. moving on to other markets. the shanghai added 0.2% stretching the winning streak to a fifth day hoping for further stimulus measures boost sentiments. the weak data from china pushed down other markets in the region, and hong kong slid .5%, and banking and energy relat shares dragged down the index.
indonesia tumbled 3% on profit taking from a six day rally. singapore retreated more than 1.5% after recovering the key 3,000 mark for the first time in nearly two months on monday. sydney extended losses on lower commodity prices. prime minister abe vowed to shake things up to help japan reach an ambitious economic target. he says he'll make it easier for firms to invest in staff and equipment in order to expand gdp to $5 trillion. abe addressed a meeting of japan's economic revitalization task force setting up a panel for a dialogue between the government and private sector. >> translator: companies have been end joying record profits, so i would like them to invest actively and boldly in equipment, technology, and human resources. this is an investment in the future. >> panel members include
industry leaders and experts. they are looking at detailed measures that will encourage firms to increase their investments. here's a look at the other business stories we're following. minutes from the bank of japan policy meeting last month show board members wanted retain monetary easing measures saying it will translate to bigger paychecks for workers, and they said keeping the stimulus in place would be the best way to ensure that eventually happens. japanese government officials say in september the consumer confidence index fell to 40 .6 down by 1.1 point from the previous month. officials blame higher prices for vegetables and other food due to bad weather. they also pointed to slowing growth in china's economy. officials at toyota say the new prius will be the most fuel efficient car in japan, up to 40
kilometers per liter and say engineers used lighter parts and reduced air resistance to improve fuel efficiency by 20%. toyota puts the car on the market in japan from december, and in the u.s. and europe from next year. executives at top rail companies are spying lucrative opportunities in some of the world's most developed countries. they're competing for the rights to build high speed networks to replace ageing infrastructure. a leading japanese firm locked up a deal to use its unique technologies in britain. nhk world has more. >> reporter: electronics firm, hitachi is making ends rows into the market where it all started. they have created the company's first rolling stock production facility outside of japan. here in britain, the birthplace of the railway.
the new factory brings more than 700 jobs to the eastern city. british prime minister david cameron attended the ceremony. >> train manufacturing has come back to the northeast. it is great to be adding to the history of rail in the northeast that goes back to george stevenson, the father of railways. >> reporter: the british government awarded hitachi an over $8 billion contract for 866 carriages and has given the company maintenance rights for 27 years. hitachi will build most of the carriages at the factory. the technology helps hitachi win the bid over rivals from europe and canada. nothing is left to chance in the new factory.
this is the mixture of skews tightened correctly, and more than 1,000 screws are used in run carriage. they are equipped with a sensor, determining how tightly the screw is tightened and sends data to a public computer. software confirms the fitting is correct. such maintenance provides safe construction, even in factory with new work forces. the executives are aiming to bring more contracts, a $75 billion project to lay a high speed railway line in britain will begin in 2017. it will link london with northern english cities. china has also shown interest, a new conglomerate formed by the country's top two high railway
speed builders is preparing a bid. however, hitachi executives hope their experience will give them the edge. >> translator: we want to win the contracts no matter what. china is working hard to launch a large carriage marker as a national project so we have no time to waste. we're determined to show what we can do to convince officials in the u.k. >> reporter: japanese innovation built in britain, the new rail karm carriages mark a new step forward in high speed train technology. nhk world, london. that's all for business news. i'm going to leave you with the markets.
>> 300 researchers and students congratulated this year's nobel's prize winner in physics tuesday outside his laboratory at the university of tokyo. it was kajita's first appearance in the lab since receiving the news he won the nobel. a researcher presented him with flowers hoping his mentor continues to break new ground in physics. >> translator: it was just six months after i'd finish by
doctoral thesis when a found a hint that eventually led to the nobel prize, so i want to emphasize that young researchers always have a chance for success. >> reporter: the director of the university of tokyo's institute for cosmic ray research won the prize along with canadian researcher arthur b. mcdonald proving that elementary parti e particles have mass. a proposal to add pipes for the 2020 summer olympics in tokyo got a promising response. a senior member of the international olympic committee welcomed the organizers' suggestions. the members suggested adding 18 events in five sports for the games in the japanese capital. they are baseball and softball, karati, skate boarding, sport climbing, and surfing. the ioc coordination commission
chair welcomed the choices when he met with the organizers. >> we are very cloudy skiesed that you've managed with the selection of sports to do so with events that will appeal to the use and to innovation. >> the head of tokyo's organizing committee said they thought about sports appealing to people both in japan and overseas. when a natural disaster occurs in japan, nonjapanese residents find they are left with inadequate information. more than 2 million foreigners live in the country and millions more visit as tourists each year. local officials are trying to ensure the safety of nonjapanese in their communities. >> reporter: when disaster strikes, foreigners in japan are at a disadvantage. the local governments are now taking steps to help make things easier. north of tokyo, volunteer
interpreters took part in a recent disaster response drill. >> translator: please find out their needs and any questions they have. >> reporter: there are tents set up where other volunteers play the roles of evacuwees. >> i have called, so i want to go to the doctor, but i don't have money, and i can't speak japanese well. >> there is a clinic over there. we will take you. we can come with you to explain in japanese. >> translator: i learned a lot from this activity. i think it will be useful if an earthquake occurs. >> reporter: at present, there's only 96 registered interpreters. local governments around japan are doing their best to improve the situation. the language barrier remains a major hurdle.
one way to get around this is to improve the methods of communicating by using easy japanese. to the east of tokyo, volunteers have come up with ways to convey information about evacuation centers to people with only a basic knowledge of japanese. information is written in simple words without using difficult characters and illustrations make the message even clearer. nonverbal communication methods come in useful. three playing the role of evacuations are asked if they have dietary restrictions based on religious believes? beef is no good? >> okay. >> okay. how about chicken?
>> reporter: but communicating the schedule for bedtime is not so simple. >> translator: bedtime is 10:00 p.m. >> translator: the lights will go off, it will be totally dark. the message doesn't seem to be getting across. so the volunteers try drawing futon mattresses. >> reporter: they still don't understand. >> translator: there's always something we can't communicate using words. we're trying to come up with new ideas to be prepared for any situation. >> reporter: life in an ev evacuation center is never easy and can be worse for nonjapanese. after a disaster, communication is just as important as food and
shelte >> talking online with a language assistant could also change the situation. pleasant weather prevails in tokyo as people walking during the day are in short sleeves and t shall have shirts, but up north, it's a different situation, but not quite ski season. >> well, it's maybe early when it comes to skiing up in hokkaido because the sn snow falling is not enough to slide in the snow, but it's coming soon, and skiers are really anticipating that. this lookings nice, coming through year in beautiful visuals. coldest air this season causing this over in hokkaido so you see the snow falling. it is likely for the snow to reach down to the low lying levels into tuesday night. we may see 5 centimeters of
accumulation, 20 sent meters up in the mountains. there is a caution noted here because we are expected temperatures to fall below freezing in some places, and that's going to cause some freezing and so that's why it's going to be a little bit dangerous on the roadways. make sure you are careful if you are driving around this region as we go throughout the overnight period. low pressure, the instigator of the moisture and also driving mechanism of the winds coming in from the north, so that chilly air is causing those flurries to fly. we are expecting that to dry up as we go into wednesday as the low lifts to the north and east, joining the rest of japan under relatively dry conditions forward in time. dry conditions bringing nice conditions in korea, japan, and portions of china. most further down south, we are seeing the instability continuing with all of the moisture in the tropical regions enand a tropical depressions we
are watching. here's one, second is further east, and both of these are systems that we'll watch because we are looking at the possibility of these intensifying, plenty of warm moisture in the oceans to help the systems start to gather themselves topgt. during the next 48 hours, it moves west, not expected to impact land in the time span, but throughout the week, we'll watch both systems to see the steering and see if it makes a change as we go forward in time. now, looking at the forecast for europe, we do have that low pressure system that's coming out of the siberian peninsula moving over italy. we were watching this system on monday, and this low pressure system is going to bring some heavier rain into the northern portions of italy and balcans. there's heavy rainfall from time to time. further north and east, there's overnight lows dropping to freezing or below. very chilly temperatures, below average this time of year. be prepared for the conditions
as we go in the morning hours the next couple days. wrapping things up in north ameri america, there's a low pressure system in the great lakes region with a cold front attached to the system pushing east, and bind that, colder air affects the northern portions of the united states and canada. in fact, the highs in minneapolis on sunday was around 29 degrees. that dropped to 9 for the high on monday. similar temperature drop in fargo, and we expect the cold air to push east. a taste of fall and almost like winter will be taking ahold of the forecast period trrd in time. in the west, dry and hot conditions continue, 30s tuesday. stay cool and hydrated as we go forward in time. above average temperatures extend into thursday. i hope you have a good day wherever you are. here's your extended outlook.