>> translator: we understand the development of the far east region is one of russia's most urgent priorities. we will enhance cooperation between our countries in the region. >> translator: i think it is very important for the governments to support business development between the two countries. we're seriously examining various proposals japan offered us in may. >> abe's focusing on those proposals which include energy development and industrial assistance in the far east. abe will also focus on how to conclude a peace treaty. the countries haven't signed one since the end of world war ii because of a dispute over four russian controlled islands known in japan as the northern territories. tokyo maintains they're an inherent part of japan. abe hopes the meetings will build trust between him and
putin and help make progress on solving the territorial issue. sources tell nhk they've agreed to putin visits to japan to hold another round of talks in yamaguchi, abe's hometown. the issue of the northern territories has been an obstacle for a peace treaty even after 70 years. here's some of the history. >> reporter: towards the end of world war ii, the then-soviet union attacked the islands. at the time it had a neutrality pact with japan. despite that, itt occupied the islands. about 17,000apapanese nationals were living there. when joseph stalin annexed the island, he deported them all. in 1956, the two countries finally ended t the state of wa. the soviet leaders agreed to hand over some islands after concluding a peace treaty. with the fall of the soviet union, russia has continued to
control the islands. leaders on both sides made various attempts to settle the issue. but they couldn't reach an agreement. in that time, thousands of russians settled the islands and developed towns. prime minister abe and president vladimir putin agreed in 2013 to draw up solutions acceptable for both sides. >> translator: it was a big achievement that we agreed to restart and accelerate our talks. >> translator: we hope to further our ties in many fields including the energy sector. >> reporter: but the russian government took a hard-lined stance in 2014. japan joined western companies in sanctioning russia for its annexing of crimea. russian officials started to openly claim the northern territories had become part of their country as a consequence
of the war. the japanese government maintains the claim is unacceptable. prime minister abe says the issue can only be resolved through dialogue between leaders. >> translator: japan will advance the negotiations based on a new approach. >> reporter: this is abe's 14th face-to-face talk with putin. >> for more insight on the meeting we're being joined by tomoko kamata. what are you seeing in the negotiations on the northern territories? >> well, we don't have the details of the summit yet, but putin gave positive signals on a potential deal ahead of the meeting. he told the media outlet bloomberg that he would like to find a solution. he said a compromise could be possible if russia reaches a
high level of trust with japan. he said it wouldn't be an exchange or sale, but a solution where neither party would feel like a loser. abe and putin agreed in 2013 to look at resolving the issue. a senior japanese government official says this time the agenda will be addressed in a positive and candid way. though some on the japanese side say it could still take more dialogue to come to an agreement. >> another likely topic, of course, is the ongoing talks over the peace treaty. >> that's right. finally getting one signed has been a political goal for abe. he says it's extraordinary that two countries don't have one more than 70 years after the end of the war. so i'm sure it's a step forward for abe that the two leaders agreed on the date on putin's
visit to japan. we believe they're also discussing strengthening business ties and that's especially important to russia. various countries are still imposing sanctions over its annexation of crimea and they have been hurting russia's economy and currency. it's become an obstacle for foreign trade and projects in various sectors. moscow is pushing to develop the country's far east and wants more foreign investment to do so. and abe is interested. he offered putin a package of economic corporation projects in may including oil and gas development. we'll see how far they get. abe is expected to give some of the details of the discussion shortly after it's done. >> our political commentator tomoko kamata. thanks, tomoko. people in russia's far east are remembering world war ii on the anniversary of its official
end. september 2nd, 1945, was the date japan signed his surrender. the deputy governor of sakahlin was responsible for liberating the island and nearby northern territories from japan. the ceremony did not include a military parade or military speeches as it did last year. attendance was down to a thousand from 5,000. people reflected on the island's post-war history. >> translator: i came to this island in 1958. i was 20 then and have lived here ever since. my children andnd grandchildren wewere born here. ththis is my home. >> translator:r: becauause russ and japan are neighbors, it's only natural to strengthen ties between the countries. >> the government has not given
an explanation for why a military parade was not held. it was thought it could be out of consideration during abe's visit to the region. international delegates have spent the better part of a week discussing ways to protect stocks of a popular fish. gene otani has the details on that and all the other business headlines. >> members of an international fisheries panel met to discuss blue fin tuna. which is prized in restaurants across the country. but they were unable to get other participants to backck thr plan. panel members ended fi eed fivef talk on friday. japanese representatives called for zrastic limits on catches when stocks of tuna are low for three years. they said restrictions should take effect sooner. panel members have scheduled a
meeting in south korea for next year. they say they'll take up the issue again then. japanese authorities have searched the offices of mitsubishi motors following new revelations of mileage cheating. executives at the automaker admitted this week to more cases of rigged fuel efficiency data and suspended sales of eight domestic models. transport ministry officials inspected the headquarters in tokyo. they also went through the firm's research and development center in aichi prefecture in central japan. mitsubishi's engineers reportedly used only the most favorable data in the cases that came to light this week. they told the ministry they weren't aware they were going against proper procedures. mitsubishi officials have apologized to customers and promised to cooperate with the investigation. they ensure it won't happen again. checking the tokyo market
shares ended flat as investors stayed on the sidelines prior to the u.s. j jobs report. for the details, phoebe amoroso reports. >> we saw low volume trading. the nikkei moving in and out of negative territory. waiting for the u.s. jobs report to speculate on the near term rate hike by the fed. let's take a look at the closing levels here for this friday, september 2nd. the nikkei was almost unchanged down 0.01%. ending at 16,925. but for the week, it soared 3% on the stronger dollar. the broader topix rose 0.2% on friday. looking at the gainers, shares of tokyo dome rose 5%. that's on a report its operating profit rose year on year. then you attracted more big name concerts and baseball games than a year earlier. and shares of renesas electronics went up 3%.
to develop equipment for self-driving cars. how asian investors will react to the non-farm payroll data next week. i'm phoebe amoroso reporting from the tokyo stock exchange. other markets in the asian pacific region. let's take a look at shanghai composite. gaining by 0.1%. 3,067. hang seng added almost 0.5%. 23,266 hong kong dollars for the close. finished the week in the positive. property shares rose on strong home sales data for august. singapore declining by almost 0.5% to a two-month low. sydney slipping off to 0.8% dropping for the third straight day in declines on oil prices. and here's a look at some of the other business stories we're following. where can i get a souvenir?
>> located on the basement level on the second floor. >> japanese electronics maker hitachi has developed a humanoid robobot to help f foreign touri. they're putting the artificially intelligent machine through a trial run at the haneda airport. hitachi says the airport will eventually be able to speak a range of languages. the firm hopes to have it ready for the 2020 olympics and paralympics in tokyo. the owner of japan's uniqlo change has opened a store in singapore. they're calling the outlet for the region. the ship stocks about 500 items. over the next five to ten years they hope to triple sales in southeast asia. we now continue our summer series on beating the heat. the final episode takes us to
south korea. an economic slowdown there has created opportunity for fast food chains. >> reporter: lining up on a hot summer day. these people have come to a restaurant to get some relief from the weather. this is chicken soup south korean tile. a whole chicken stuffed with rice and ginseng. it's a popular way to combat summer fatigue. but this year the traditional dish is facing some hot competition. the big trend this summer is food with a whole new level of spiceness. they're hoping to get a taste of the super hot dishes hoping to beat the heat. rice porridge is supposed to be gentle for the stomach. one restaurant chain has decided to spice things up.
starting in june it started selling a seafood dish seasoned with 30 grams of hot pepper and a large slug of chilly oil. managers say the new dish is selling well and may soon be on the regular menu. >> translator: this rice porridge is hot but easy to eat. i think it's good for my health too. >> translator: it's greatt to et this when stress builds up at work. >> reporter: the food industryrs move into extra spicy food is linked to the economy. and it's happened before. the asian cururrency crisis 20 years ago triggered a hot noodle boom. and the financial crisis eight years ago boosted sales of spicy snacks. >> translator: because the economy is sluggish, more people are seeking to alleviate their
stress and low spirits by eating spicy food at reasonable prices. >> reporter: fried chicken stores are among those adjusting their menus. meet the volcano chicken. a fast food smothered in red pepper paste. took their old spicy chicken and doubled the amount of red pepper. >> translator: by eating spicy food, i sweat a lot and feel refreshed and cooler. it's hot but delicious too. >> reporter: of course, there is more than onone way to tingle t taste buds. soap maker works for a competing chain. her latest creation draws on ingredients from across the region. south korea's hot pepper to light the fire.
sichuan pepper. and red chili peppers s said toe the hottest in southeast asia. >> translator: this sauce was inspired by a hot pot called melatang. it is characterized by its fiery taste. >> reporter: the resulting is an eye watering concoction. even for koreans. and the smash hit, the company has sold 1 million pieces of its chicken in just three months. >> translator: we're focusing on young customers. we will be striving to develop new menus that satisfy them. >> reporter: south korea's economy may be feeling the pinch this summer, but people are
ready to sweat it out and spicy food makers are only too happy to help. nhk world, seoul. and you can catch our report again online together with a full transcript. look for nhk world and business wrap. that's a look at business news. i'm going to leave you with the markets. nhk has learned that the japan aerospace exploration agency will delay the launch of
an unmanned spaceship. it was planned to launch on october 1st but will be postponed. it was being prepared in southwestern japan. it was to deliver supplies to the international space station. but last month engineers discovered a gas leak in one of its pipes. japanese astronaut onishi is currently stationed at the iss. he was going to be responsible for intercepting the craft with a robotic arm. with the change of schedule, it won't arrive by the end of his mission in late october. the craft will deliver japan-made battery cells that will serve as the main power source at the station. agency officials had hoped that onishi would attempt a space lk to install the batteries highlighting japan's technological achievements.
a government task force on friday inaugurated a program to reform working conditions and practices in japan. that would help many younger workers here achieve a goal their parents found elusive. many businesses are changing the way they do business to give them time to enjoy life. >> reporter: employees of this ad agency in tokyo get a little reward for showing up before normal working hours. free breakfast. the management hopes that will encourage workers to arrive early and reduce the amount of overertime. >> translator: rice balls are a great motivator. >> translator: i can work more efficiently in the morning. this encourages me to leave earlier too. >> reporter: overtime is still
allowed, but employees need to submit a request in advance. after-hours, the breakfast counter turns into a bar where employees can unwind over free drinks. but once they start drinking, they are not allowed to return to work. >> translator: after a drink or two, i can convince myself that i'm done working for the day. this is a good policy. >> reporter: all of the lights go out at 9:00 p.m. >> translator: these policies have helped cut overtime by about two-thirds. working long hours is not considered cool. more of our employees now believe they need to work better, not longer.
>> reporter: a firm in osaka requires their employees to take long vacations. at the third of every year, employees are required to submit for nine consecutive days of vacation time. and while they are away, any contact with the office is strictly forbidden. the firm created the system to ensure that work still gets done when employees are away. works in the accouounting divivision. before his vacation, he met wih colleagues to discuss specififi tasks thatat he wanted them to cover. employees need to write down in detail who will be responsible for what. >> translator: remember, no calls or e-mails while i'm away so i can enjoy myself. something might get overlooked if i just send a file. getting together face-to-face is better because my colleagues can hear directly what they need to
do. >> reporter: during his vacation, he was able to focus on his passion, tennis. he says that in his former job, even during vacation. >> reporte >> translator: recharging myself will allow me to work hard. >> reporter: the brain child of the company's president. employees update their manuals every time they take a vacation. iwata says this system has shown that some tasks might not actually be necessary. >> translator: using the manuals has also helped us streamline procedures. . the benefits outweigh the costs. >> reporter: japanese firms are discovering that giving the
workers some uninterrupted time to themselves can help them improve their game back at the office. nhk world, tokyo. you're watching nhk "newsline." typhoons and hurricanes are making the headlines in world weather. jonathan oh joins us with the details. jonathan, when is the typhoon approaching western japan going to make landfall? >> hello. it looks like this weekend is going to be a very busy time for those living in kyushu and the western islands of japan because of this typhoon. a strong one that continues to get ever so closer to this arar. japapan just has not had a brea in terms of getting typhoon activity for the past couple of weeks. this system is headed toward the western side of the country. and nevertheless is going to be a big deal. already high waves is a big concern. and this storm is expected to get a big s stronger actuaually we goo forwardrd in time. we also have a bit of a frontal activity, a trough set up that's
enhancing the moisture into the korean peninsula and also into kyushu as we speak. i want to tshow you from earlie in the day where we saw the higher tops bubbling up around the center circulation. this is getting pretty strong. we're going to have to keep a close eye on this. looking at landfall, something between saturday and sunday moving to the north as 15 kilometers per hour with wind speeds of 126 and gusting to 180. you may notice the general cone of activity and center of uncertainty, it may be slightly off of kyushu. but the concern is the upper right-hand side of the system because of the forward momentum added onto the actual wind speed. that means kyushu is about to get pretty m much smacked as weo throughout t the weekend. that is not good news. especially in places like kumamoto. this is the concern. because the ground's still weak
from those earthquakes that took place in april.l. landslide c concerns are going be part of that concncern. and also the strong wind gusts looking up to 198 kilometers per hour with gusts, waves up to 7 meters and high amounts off rainfall. 200 millimeters possible duduri that time period. hopefully you have some backup plans in place when it comes to maybe evacuations. officials are going to watch this closely as you go through the next 48 hours. meanwhile, we go down toward the southern united states where we have hermine. this made landfall near tallahassee through the early morning hours. this was from earlier before it made landfall. you can see that well defined circulation as it prepared to come on shore. now it has come on shore around 1:30 in the morning local time. we are looking at the system to continue to move towards north and east along the coast of the united states. but we have this front that's going to complicate things. it's going to push this system a little bit closer to the
coastline. and that means it's also going to be the focal point of some heavier areas of rainfall. so expecting the system to weakaken into a tropical storm situation when they move to the north and east and it's going to bring some rur rough surf. flash flolooding from georgia io north and south carolina as we go forward in time. already seeing high waves and surge concerns. up to 400 millimeters of rain possible with tornado concerns as well. finally we look at over near hawaii. we have lester after mamadeline. expected to mo t to t the northf the islands. creates a rough surf. not much in terms of rain. yes, we'll see rain but biggest concern is going to be the rur ru rough surf conditions. hope you have a safe day wherever you are. here's your extended outlook. ro. hope you have a safe day wherever you are. here's your extended outlook. ou. hope you have a safe day wherever you are.