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hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. malaysian investigators are trying to piece together the final moments of kim jong-nam's life. they've been looking into the fatal attack on the half-brother of north korea's leader. newly released surveillance footage from kuala lumpur international airport appears to offer some clues. the grainy images show a man thought to be kim entering the departure hall and heading to a check-in machine. one woman grabs his attention. another dressed in white comes up behind him and appears to
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hold something over his face. the two women then calmly walk off in different directions. more footage shows the man walking up to airport staff and explaining what happens. he seems unstead on his feet. the man is then moved onto a stretcher. he died on the way to a hospital. malaysian authorities have identified the man as kim jong-nam, and there are reports that his son has arrived in kuala lumpur. >> it's only increased the doubt that there would be someone else hand behind the investigation. >> he suggested a joint probe
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between his country and malaysia. he requested the body be handed over. he alleged malaysian authorities have something to hide. they summoned him to explain his accusations. they told them they have a responsibility for the investigation. malaysian authorities have identified the man as kim jong-nam and there's reports his son have arrived. he's in the country to give a dna sample. police say that will only hand over the body to family member. security is in place around the hospital where the body is being held. a special unit from the malaysian police arrived there early tuesday. a british tabloid says kim han sol decided not to study in the uk for fear of assassination. the daily mail says he was supposed to attend graduate school at oxford university in september. but chinese authorities warned
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him of a plot by pyongyang and reportedly told him and his father to stay inside china. this after declaring a famine in the east african nation. it could make the situation worse. >> it's largely because of the conflicts. it's largely because of insecurity. it's large by because of the access challenges that they have periodically have. it's also because of tax on humanitarian workers. >> the world food program said on monday that 4.9 million people were in dire straits. that number represents nearly half of the country's
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population. they warned that the famine is affecting parts of unity state. fierce battle have repeatedly taken place there. they also stated this is the worst hunger crisis since fighting erupted three years ago. officials are reporting a sudden increase in the number of human cases that exceed previous flu seasons. w.h.o. released an update on cases in china. the data shows for a one month period starting in mid-january 304 people were infected. those cases were spread across ten cities and regions including shanghai and beijing. at least 36 people have died.
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they are encouraging countries to step up screening. let's look at business headlines. company executives are discussing wages with labor unions. let's find out more. what are you hearing? >> executives are a little by cautious about the global committ economy this year. they are considering pay hikes.
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they initially said they would reduce regular work hours by 20 minute to 7:15 a day. union officials said that would eat into workers earnings because it would decrease overtime pay. they requested a hike in base pay too. executives say they may have to review family allowances and other benefits to secure enough funds for the raise. japanese maker toshiba is struggling. the head of japan's largest business organization is calling on other japanese companies to offer their support. he wants to keep toshiba's technology in the country. the chairman of the japan business federation called
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toshiba the crown jewel of japanese industry. >> translator: toshiba produces one of japan's most important technologies. it's not desirable for an overseas company to acquire the japanese makers top level engineers and technologies. >> he added that the whole industry sector needs to support toshiba to protect japan's security and national interest. they are interesting spinning off it's chip business and selling a majority stake in the new company. it's projecting a loss of over $6 billion from its u.s. nuclear operations in the current business year. japanese government officials are trying a new approach to help nursery schools cope with a serious shortage of care givers.
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many major i.t. companies are moving into the field. a nursery launched a smartphone base support system in july. that was developed by telecom giant softbank. originally they had to handwrite everything to how the children were doing to daily notes to parents. the new system allows them to spend less time on keeping journals. they can communicate through a smartphone app, sharing information and photos of the kids. >> translator: the system saves time and effort. what's even better is it allows us to spend more time with the children. >> translator: being able to see pictures of my children at the nursery gives me a sense of security as if i'm there with them. >> i.t. will help replace a lot
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of analog work done at nursery schools. he says softbank is aiming to set up the system at about 1,200 nurseries by march 2018. let's look at markets now. tokyo share prices open higher. the rise in stocks is modse mod. right now the nikkei is up in positive territory. let's take a look at currencies. the dollar has regained some ground against the yen at 113.3 yen. uncertainties that is over trump's economic policies had seen the greenback retreat against the safe haven yen.
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euro is making slight recovery against the yen. the bottom of the screen right at 120. it felt sharply last week over concerns over far right candidate lepen in the french elections. the euro dollar pair is now range bound. let's move onto other markets open this hour across the asia pacific. we're seeing a bit of a mixed picture. seoul's kospi is up but australian shares are down by just about .2 of a percent. china markets will open in under half an hour. our next report focuses on a group of japanese seniors who are making the most of their golden years. they found the good life after retirement by forming a workers cooperative. take a look. >> in a residential area of western japan, a group of senior citizens is hard at work cleaning up weeds and grass on a client's property. they belong to a workers cooperative for retirees and are each paid about $3.50 an hour.
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>> he's the leader. he formed the cooperative with six of his friends. the members come from a variety of fields. they include a former post office worker and a gas station owner. they're average age is 70. they say contributing to the community through work gives them a sense of purpose and satisfaction. >> translator: we aren't as good as the pros or work as quickly but we do what we can. >> the cooperative brings together everyone's talents and resources. each member in the group made an initial investment of about $175 to get it started. they decide on management policy together and every member gets
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out and works. this man drew on his professional experience to launch a new service. he constituters children twice a month at the group's office. before retiring, he was a mid-school science teacher. the fee for an hour and a half class is $2.60 per students. the classes offer a safe place for children of working parents. >> translator: i started the lessons because i wanted to help the community, even a little. if i can make people happy, i'm glad. the members hold monthly management meetings.
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it's been six months since they launched and they're seeking advice from a nonprofit to address some business challenges. >> translator: between the five of us we made about $13 in october. >> the accounts are in the black. though just barely. in addition to yard work and lessons, the retirees have also been doing things like shopping for customers and changing light bulbs. but the fees they charge are low and some jobs produce almost no profit. >> translator: it's fun but it would be nice to earn a bit more. >> translator: yes, the key is finding a balance between having fun and earning enough to keep the business going. >> there are still a few wrinkles to iron out. but all in all, the cooperative offers these seniors a way to stay active, earn a bit of money and contribute to society. >> that's the latest in business
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for this hour. i'm going to leave you with a check on markets. u.s. president donald trump has chosen a new national security adviser to fill the void left by the sudden resignation of michael flynn. trump introduced lieutenant general herbert raymond mcmaster at his palm beach resort. mcmaster has led troops in anti-terror operations in afghanistan. he said he looks forward to joining the national security team, and he wants to do everything he can to protect the interest of the american people. flynn stepped down last week
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after misleading the vice president over his conversations with russia's ambassador to the u.s. president trump has been in office just over a month, and he's once again taking heat for controversial comments. nhk has the details. >> reporter: donald trump had another weekend of making headlines. he's trying to clear up some false allegations he made, this time over sweden. during a weekend rally, he suggested the nation's open-door stance to refugees has created security issues. >> you look at what's happening last night in sweden. sweden. who would believe this? sweden. they took in large numbers. they're having problems like they never thought possible. >> reporter: his comments led to a storm of criticism and questions on social media. on twitter, the embassy of sweden in the u.s. wrote, it's
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unclear what president trump was referring to and they look forward to informing the u.s. administration about swedish immigration and integration policies. trump also took to twitter, saying his statement was in reference to a story from u.s. news network fox. over the weekend, republican senator john mccain spoke about trump's attacks on the media. >> you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. without it, i'm afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. that's how dictators get started. >> reporter: mccain was responding to his tweet calling the media an enemy of the american people. [ chanting ] and in boston, researchers and students came out on sunday to protest trump's policies and statements he made about science, namely climate change.
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>> we should join together because we're under attack. >> reporter: in the past, trump has called global warming a hoax. critics worry he will gut the country's environmental protection agency. trump's choice for the new head of the agency has doubted climate change science. for everything he said either online or in person, trump has this message for supporters of the start of the weekend. >> it's now been one month since my inauguration, and i am here to tell you about our incredible progress in making america great again. >> reporter: nhk world. amid concerns over trump's efforts to block refugees, the canadian embassy in tokyo has outlined the country's policy of accepting them. a symposium on the topic through about 150 people. it included a talk by the
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director of the office of refugees of the arch diocese of toronto. he explained that canada accepts about 300,000 each year and it has a system to integrate them into society. >> canada is very multicultural mostly and very inclusive. we consider refugees as part of canada, and we don't usually even talk about refugees. we talk about newcomers, new canadians. >> he also stressed the importance of accepting people at a time when many countries are closing their doors. one participant said it's sad refugees are being rejected across the world but said she was surprised to find there are countries like canada. canadian prime minister justin trudeau drew attention with a tweet welcoming newcomers following trump's ban. prosecutors in japan are preparing to indict a suspect
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for one of the worst mass killings in the country's history. a psychiatric evaluation found him mentally fit to stand trial. the attack at a care facility for people with disabilities sent shock waves across the nation. he's accused of killing 19 people at the facility he previously worked in west of tokyo. the stabbing rampage also left 27 people injured. he mainly targeted people with severe disabilities. on monday, the 27-year-old suspect was transferred from a detention center in tokyo to a police station. he was diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder. that is not considered a mental illness, so he can stand trial. symptoms include excessive desire for praise and a feeling of superiority. he told investigators that the disabled can only create unhappiness. five months before the attack, he tried to hand a letter to the
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law house speaker outlining about his plan to kill the disabled with the aim of making japan and the world a better place. >> translator: the trial may happen depending on whether uematsu knew what he was doing when he carried out the attack and had clear reasons for doing so. >> the expert says uematsu will most likely be prosecuted. accessibility isn't always something people consider unless they have to. a former paralympian is working
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to change that. he's challenging people to try out life on wheels to help drive home that message. nhk world reports. >> i've got something. >> wow, is this garbage too? >> reporter: these people are competing to see who can collect the most garbage in a set time. they are doing it in wheelchairs, but they are not disabled. this man organized the event. he was a member of japan's ice hockey team that won silver at the 2010 paralympics. since retiring from active competition, he has formed -- >> i've done many indoor events, but you'll never understand what the disabled really need until you try moving around the streets. >> reporter: today workers at a major automaker are finding out for the first time what it's like being in a wheelchair. first, the participants practice moving around without bumping into the red cones which represent people. it's not that easy. now it's time for the contest to
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begin. out on the street, the contestants move quickly. normally they navigate these streets with ease, but in their wheelchairs, they notice all the little obstacles. even the slope on sidewalks can be dangerous for wheelchair users. >> translator: it's a bit scary stopping here. yikes. >> reporter: they make note of the difficulties. they get points for this too. by the end of the game, they are seeing the world differently. >> translator: when i think that people experience obstacles like this every day, i'm full of admiration and astonishment. >> translator: the winner is team h. congratulations.
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>> reporter: in three years' time, tokyo will be hosting the paralympics. uehara hopes people will realize the barriers faced by the disabled and come forward to help them. >> translator: i want everyone to play a role in the tokyo games. it shouldn't be just about the athletes. by helping the visitors, we can all feel as important as the competitors themselves. >> reporter: tearing down barriers on the street and in the heart is uehara's goal. he's hoping his game catches on across japan. nhk world, tokyo. it's time for the world weather update. temperatures are cooler this tuesday following the dramatic warm up yesterday in tokyo. robert speta has the latest. >> what we have been seeing is
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the northwesterly winds kicking up. plus some pretty decent snow coming with that. we have been seeing reports of the past 24 hours. now the reason why it's going to be turning down a bit is we have this area of high pressure coming in from the west. our classic winter weather set up in japan will slowly wane off here. then we have another low back towards the west. this is very typical for this time of year heading into spring. you get one low high and another low pressure behind it. just these dips fueling this up. bringing some scattered showers. over through the korean peninsula and out across japan. much like our last storm that brought those temperatures up into the high teens into the tokyo area on monday, very similar set up here. first starting in the shanghai
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up to about 11 and 12 t. seoul looking at rain on wednesday. watch the temperatures drop off once the front passes by. tokyo at 18 and things cool off into friday. expect warm up with those showers followed by the cooler temperatures heading into the weekend. do want to take your attention to the western u.s. it's been resulting in pretty damaging rains across california and even heavy snow. this is the relative humidity graphic here. what you can see, there's hawaii in the bottom left of the screen. then you have the moisture coming on shore. those areas in blue are indicating an abundance of moisture in our atmosphere. this gives you a clear idea of how much rain is coming up and down the coastline of
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california. upwards of 70 centimeters. we have been seeing this type of scenario for several weeks now. you have a lot of that snow still melting. at this time there are several reservoirs with their spillways wide open. one just opened up outside of stra san francisco in the past several hours. this is definitely resulting in flooding especially since we have more heavy rain in the forecast out there. even down towards l.a. you're looking at scattered showers. back toward east some thunderstorms in forecast in houston heading over towards atlanta. here across europe a frontal area diving in. pretty tight pressure gradient
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with this. plus some heavy rain and snow in the higher elevations as it drifts off towards the east. i'll leave you now with your extended outlook. that wraps up this edition of nhk "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. thanks for watching.
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>> hello and welcome to focus on europe. where we give you insight into the lives of the people across france's chinese diaspora represents one of the largest chinese communities in europe. and some say they are one of the most successful immigrant groups there. but because of this, there is growing inter-ethnic tension between france's asian population and the much larger north african community. "i do not like chinese people. i do not like them." he says. more about this conflict is coming up later in the program. europe is in the midst of a deep freeze and belgrade where


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