one student says the abacus is ideal for this purpose. >> translator: it's true that an abacus is good for calculating. but it's good in other ways, too. for example, turning the beads, moving them, flipping them up and down to make nice sounds. i think somehow these features are a good match for rehabilitation training. >> reporter: the students built a device to help with hand rehabilitation. users toss beads on to metal bars to make different sounds. another innovation is called touch. it features some 4,600 beads across dozens of strings. users can move them around to create pictures or patterns. it's the kind of device that appeals to people of all ages. the designers spent five months putting it together. the hardest part was choosing the material for the strings. they needed something thick enough to keep the beads from falling. eventually, they settled on three bundles of nylon thread tied together in a braid. they took the idea from women's hair. recently students held an event to show off their prototypes to abacus makers and buyers. >> translator: i think it's great. student
they have the abacus... that is fine. oh, dear, move on. let's talk about the prime minister, but this time her visit to see donald trump on friday. the times says, make them fight for free trade as trump's first visitor, though she might not have much fight on our handsif might not have much fight on our hands if she is the preferred trading partner. well, the first foreign leader to visit it him, so presumably she feels at the front of the queue. when obama said, we will be at the back of the queue if we vote to leave, and we will be very angry, and boris johnson vote to leave, and we will be very angry, and borisjohnson impugned him over it, and now donald trump is literally putting her at the very front of the queue, so maybe she won't have to fight quite so hard. i think the trouble is that we are quite a small country relative to the us and i think we export more than we import, although i might be wrong. you are wrong. and my? you are. iam wrong. you are wrong. and my? you are. i am glad to help. you couldn't let it slide, could you?
they gathered at a shrine in 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. 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
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