the danish parliament approved a controversial law. and preventing child abuse. forensic medical scientists are stepping in. officials have begun work on a terminal that will transport people at record speeds. they're building the first stop for a train. they are starting work on a train that will run up to 500 kilometers per hour. they plan to put the magnetically levitated train into operation in 2027. the line will cover nearly 300 kilometers and cutravel time by about an hour to just 40 minutes. the officials held a ground breaking ceremony. they said the terminal will be about 40 meters underground, directly below the station for the shinkansen bullet train. >> translator: we're going to go all out, but we'll also be
mindful of safety issues and environmental concerns. and we'll work closely with the local community to get this done. >> the company is avoiding expensive property purchases by laying the track 40 meters below ground in urban areas. they say the train will be mostly straight. to allow the train to get up to its top speed. construction of the train in the other end will start in months. japan's emperor and empress have received a warm welcome in manila. they're on a state visit to the philippines to mar60 years of normalized relations between the two countries. a welcome ceremony took place at the presidential palace on wednesday. the philippine president aquino greeted the emperor and empress. the imperial couple visited once
before, 50 years ago when they were crown prince and princess. they listened to a performance by local people playing bamboo instruments. later they visited a tomb and paid tribute to unknown filipino soldiers who died in world war ii. the front of runner in the u.s. republican presidential race has threatened to pull out of a debate. >> most likely i won't be doing the debate. >> trump is angry that the moderator of the debate will be fox news anchor megyn kelly. last year she asked him about his treatment of women. instead, he will hold a fund
raiser. >> let's see how much fox will make on the debate without me. >> his position has earned criticism. ted cruz has issued a challenge to the billionaire businessman. >> now, if mr. trump is scared to face megyn kelly, then i would ask that he at least show the respect that is owed to the men and women of iowa. >> cruz says if trump is unwilling to take part in the televised debate he would invite trump to take part in one on one debate with him. the latest car sales data is in. and jogene otani joins us. the contest to be the top global automaker has been settled for another year. figures show japan's toyota mote
he was the big est seller in 2015 for the fourth straight year. toyota officials reported that their group, which includes daihatsu and hino sold 10.15 million vehicles worldwide last year. yet that's down 0.8% from a year earlier and the first decline in four years. toyota's sales in the u.s. were robust. but sales in japan were sluggish partly due to a tax hike. germany's volkswagen sold 9.93 million units last year. the automaker held the top position in sales for the first half of last year, but a diesel emissions scandal affected volkswagen's annual figures. toyota set their global sales target this year at 10.11 million. they expect an increase in domestic sales. with a robust performance from their mainstay hybrid models. but they're predicting a fall in thailand, indonesia and other emerging countries due to economic slowdowns. foreign auto makers are looking to rev up business in iran.
one of them is mitsubishi fuso. it's the first to announce plans since the economic sanctions were lifted. it signed a contract with a dubai-based firm to be its distributor. iran is one of the largest vehicle markets in the middle east and logs sales of around 1 million new autos every year. they halted almost all such operations during sanctions over iran's nuclear program. checking the markets, tokyo stocks rebounded strongly. for the details, we go to our business reporter at the tokyo stock exchange. >> stocks here are very much moving with the swings in oil prices. the nikkei surged, which was
also bosted by the rally on wall street. the nikkei managed to end above the 17,000 mark and finished up 2.7% to close at 17,163. it wiped out a 2.3% loss we saw on tuesday. the broader topix also gained nearly 3%. now looking at the market movers. shares on suzukier outperformed, shooting up 11% on a report of a partnership and capital tieup with toyota. although both car makers have denied this. apple suppliers japan display and sony are up higher. the companies saw record revenue and its best results yet in china. alps electric is down 1.4% after having its target price cut.
all in all marks were high. they suspect the bank of japan will announce more monetary easing on friday. china's shanghai composite extended losses to close at a 14-month low. industrial profit figures came out, and they were down 4.7% in december compared to a year ago. australia was back from a holiday, snapping three days of gains. banking and energy shares led the losses. seoul's kospi rebounded sharply, the hong kong advanang seng adv. toshiba is seeking damages of about $27 million from five
former executives in a lawsuit over accounting irregularities. the officials include three previous presidents. the firm had initially sought $2.5 million. toshiba officials say the company has incurred additional losses, including fines to regulators for falsifying the financial statements. tourists to tokyo have a new shopping option. an airport-style, duty-free store has opened in the capital's ginza district. it's the first such store outside airports in okinawa. customers pick up their purchases when they leave japan through haneda or horita airports. it can be tough for small startups to succeed. this week's business profile outlines three young entrepreneurs who are beating the odds.
in our second, we feature a man who has built his own small network and is helping other small enterprises along the way. keiko aso reports. >> reporter: this is made from a single carved length of pipe. it emits a soft grow that mimics natural sunlight. this is the main material in this wireless battery charger. the grain makes it beautiful as well as useful. both products have won international awards for their simplicity and functionality. this man has been engaged in every step of their development cycle, from initial concept and blue prints to marketing. >> translator: what's most important for me is to make industrial products that can change people's lives or provide
uss with a new experience. that's the core of my philosophy. >> reporter: he first worked as an engineer at a major firm, but he wanted to pursue his vision of making products that could help people charge every day problems and make life a bit more convenient. >> translator: when i worked for a big company, it was difficult to make things i really cared about or meet real social needs. i wanted to communicate directly with consumers, that's why i decided to go out on my own. >> reporter: he created his own web of small manufacturers to make his dream come true. the desk lamp represents the combined effort of 15 different suppliers. this major processing factory produces auto parts and also
makes the lamp frame. he had asked the firm to delop a special technology to bend pipe into precise, seamlessly beautiful curves that are perfectly smooth. at the point where the pipe bends, there has to be enough room to accommodate parts such as cables, weights, and an l.e.d. chip. he made sure each piece is produced to the most exacting standards. to achieve this level of perfection, the team produced nearly 100 prototypes. the benng technology alone took six months to develop. all this effort has paid off. 2,000 lamps were sold in the first two years of production. >> translator: thanks to our
role in making his product, more and more people are becoming aware of our technology. we're getting famous and growing right along with him. we're very happy to cooperate. >> translator: more manufacturing firms operate all over the country. that makes the environment extremely favorable for companies like ours. but now we could be at a turning point. some of that expertise is leaving japan. if we could take advantage of it re, japanese manufacturing could regain its power. i'd like to make that happen. >> reporter: he hopes that his products will find their way into homes overseas. >> translator: our products embody the excellence of new, made in japan technologies. we're eager to see if they'll be appreciated in places with different cultural traditions. >> reporter: simple ideas from a
dedicated entrepreneur, sharing it with the rest of the world. keiko aso, nhk world. >> tomorrow we'll bring you part three with a look at a robot helping people make more meaningful connections. you can also watch this series on the nhk website. follow the link at the bottom of the screen. that's it for business news. i'm going to leave you with markets.
denmark's parliament has approved a bill that would allow the confiscation of valuables as payment for shelter. the controversial decision will take effect next month. >> reporter: denmark's parliament passed the so-called "jewelry bill" on tuesday. >> translator: the argument is that denmark doesn't do its bit we absolutely do our bit when it comes to refugees in europe. we absolutely do our bit. it's not a secret that when we stand here today it's because we wish to take a smaller share. >> reporter: under the new law, asylum seekers will be allowed to keep cash and other possessions worth up to 10,000 krone or $1500. the rest will be seized and used to pay for their shelter. sentimental items such as
wedding rings will be exempt. more than 20,000 people applied for refugee status last year in the country of 5.6 million. a growing number of danes feel that spending on refugees is eating into public services. and some are expressing support for the legislation. >> it does sound like a harsh way of doing things but i guess if they have to live in denmark, maybe it's also fair enough that they pay. >> reporter: the law is not only designed to have refugees pay their own way, it's also aimed at curbing the number of asylum seekers in denmark. opponents of the law held a rally in copenhagen. >> the new government is threatening people. we are like animals. don't have any rights. >> we don't think this is constructive for integration. we thinkhis is wking aga inteation.
>> reporter: some say the law reminds them of confiscation of possessions of jews by the nazis. the united nations high commission for refugees condemned the bill. >> it runs the risk of fueling sentiments of fear and discrimination rather than promoting solidarity with people in need of protection. >> reporter: denmark is not alone in its actions. switzerland and certain german states have also started confiscating assets of refugees. meanwhile, the flow of refugees from the middle east and africa continues. u.n. chief ban ki-moon has taken an unusually strong stance on the longest-running conflict in the middle east he criticized israel for its occupation of palestinian territories. the remarks drew a strong criticism from benjamin netanyahu. ban spoke in palestine. delegates from about 50 countries took part, including
japan. he condemned recent attacks by palestinians against israelis, but said they are understandable. >> as oppressed people have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is a human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a portal of hate. >> netanyahu said that they want to murder jews simply because they're jewsnot to advance peace or human rights. tensions between the two sides have been on the rise since october. one flash point has been a site in jerusalem that's holy to both jews and muslims. more than 170 people have died in the violence.
wherever you might be in the world right now, an international group of scientists says it is still three minutes till midnight. the bulletin of the atomic scientist report that the hands of the doomsday clock which symbolizes the likelihood of global disaster remain exactly where they were a year ago. the scientists cited some positive developments over the past year, including the deal to curb iran's nuclear blow gram and the paris climate agreement but they also mentioned setbacks. such as conflicts in iraq and syria. >> translator: the decision not to move the hands of the doomsday clock in 2016 is not good news but an expression of grave concern that the situation remains largely the same. >> scientists created the doomsday clock about 70 years ago. the hands are now closer to midnight than they've been since the end of the cold war.
reports of child abuse in japan have doubled in the past at any years. nearly 90,000 cases were reported in 2014. a physician who has seen the worst is stepping in to stop an escalation of the violence. a warning, this story contains content that may be disturbing to some viewers. >> reporter: the professor specializes in forensic medicine. he has conducted autopsies on more than 3,000 bodies. that includes children who died from physical abuse. this boy died when he was 2. he had unnatural bruises on his cheek. his mother and her common law husband were eventually arrested. an x ray tells the story of another boy, at the age of 6 months. >> translator: this is a leg bone. childr's bon areuite resilit. they don't normally snap like this. >> reporter: a counseling center had learned of the child's
injury, but it lacked firm evidence that the jar was cause bid abuse, so it did not intervene. he wishes someone had noticed what was happening earlier. >> translator: children have the right to live from the day they are born. it's heartbreaking to learn about these cases. i feel a stron sense of indignation. >> reporter: at a counseling center in wakayama prefecture, when officials see a highly suspicious case of abuse, they separate the child from the guardian. proof, houwever, is harder to find than suspicion. taking children away from parents who want to conceal what they've done requires evidence. but people at the center say injuries and bruises often can't be evaluated without medical expertise.
>> translator: sometimes parents will say the scar or bruise was caused by an accident. in such cases, we're hard-pressed to determine whether that is true. >> reporter: that's why the center sought help from professor kondo. >> translator: establishing firm evidence leads to early recognition of abuse. >> translator: when the officials are considering separating a child fro the parents, they can rely on my opinion as evidence. >> reporter: the center brings kondo in when it can't reach a conclusion on its own. he already has been consulted in several cases. including that of a boy with painful, red scars. after examining him, kondo strongly suspected abuse. >> translator: it was highly
unlikely the scar was caused by normal circumstances. >> reporter: with that conclusion, the center decided to place the child in protective custody. >> translator: forensic medicine is not only about conducting autopsies. with counseling centers and doctors cooperating, i think we can detect cases at an early stage and prevent further child abuse. >> reporter: the signals are not always clear, but the message is critical. >> "newsline" comes to you live from tokyo, where a mild winter has returned. as sayaka mori tells us in this hour's weather update. >> quite warm today, compared to what we have been experiencing over the past several days. now the tokyo's high rose to 13.4 degrees. this number, what we normally see during mid march. and good news, warm conditions will likely continue into thursday. the expected high is 13 degrees. but the warm weather will not last long. as you can see, the highs could
drop to the single digits starting friday, going into monday, and because of the high of 6 degrees on saturday, instead of rainy weather, we may see some sleet or snow, so winter hasn't gone yet. now, according to the japan meteorological agency, starting february, going into april, we will see much warmer than average conditions across western and central portions of japan. now, as for precipitation, right now, high pressure system is in place, so looking quite dry across many parts of japan. with the exception of the northwestern part of the country. but things will change. there's a frontal system over the southeast coast of china, and this system is expected to intensify and move into western japan on thursday. and then move into central japan on friday as well as saturday. it's going to be a wet weekend in the tokyo area. now, as for the highs in asia, 4 degrees for the high in seoul and 3 in beijing with hazy conditions expected.
and down towards the south, they will see a high of 31 degrees with partly sunny skies. let's go to the americas. right now, some patchy rain and snow is falling across the north eastern side of the united states, where a record snowfall fell over the weekend. meanwhile, there's a cold front passing through the florida peninsula, and this system could cause some severe thunderstorms on wednesday as well as thursday. you may even see some tornados as well as hail and thunderstorms, so please watch out for this severe weather. and across the opposite side of the continent, rainy weather once again across washington, oregon as well as british columbia, british columbia, especially vancouver island will see the heaviest rainfall. so watch out for flooding. and byhe end othis week you willee anoth potent stem to move in. so we are looking at wet weather to continue for the next several days. now in los angeles and san diego, you'll see much higher than normal conditions due to santa ana winds.
temperatures should be about 18 or 19 degrees. the highs could reach 24 degrees on both thursday as well as friday in los angeles. but with the arrival of rainy weather, temperatures will slide to the 20s. 20 degrees on your saturday. now finally over in europe, then, the second winter storm of the week is affecting the british isles at this moment, spreading rain and causing windy conditions and we're looking at snow to fall across the northern areas, such as scotland as well as northern ireland. but things should improve bit lunch time hours across scotland. meanwhile, severe weather is expected to affect germany and france on your wednesday night. but in the south, things are being looking dry. 12 degrees for the high in vienna and 12 for berlin with partly sunny skies, and across the southeast temperatures are expected to rise into the weekend. all right. here's your extended forecast.