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tv   Newsline  PBS  January 21, 2013 5:00pm-5:30pm PST

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reaching across the aisle, barack obama calls for unity as he embarks on his second term. he avoided the words democrat and republicans. he made it clear he wants the political stripes to work together. obama was sworn in in public, something he had done in private the day before. former president, state governors and members of congress braved the cold alongside him. >> i barack hussein obama faithfully swear. that will i will execute the president of office of united states. >> obama described his priori priorities for the second term.
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he said prosperity must rest on the shoulders of a rising middle class. >> no single person can give our children what they need for the future or build the roads and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. we must do these things as one nation and one people. >> obama begins his term with several battles looming. he's try to work with the republicans to revamp laws and avoid defaulting on the national debt. ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air >> pop star beyonce sang the national anthem. her performance capped off the
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proceedings of the inaugural parade. then the president walked the route from the capitol building down pennsylvania avenue to the white house. his first inauguration true almost two million people. this time an estimated 700,000 turned out. algerians are counting the human cost of a four day stand off after a natural gas facility. the victims were from eight countries. >> translator: the terrorists have entered the country from northern mali. >> the prime minister said the number of hostages made the
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rescue mission difficult, but he said they had to storm the plant before the militants could flee with their captives. this kind of terrorist act.t we attacked the militants with force to protect our people. >> sellal said most of the 790 workers survived the hostage crisis, but some are still unaccounted for. prime minister shinzo abe said seven japanese workers are among the causalities in algeria. >> translator: i have received confirmation from parliamentary vice foreign minister maruchi in algeria. he visited a hospital to identify bodies and confirmed seven japanese workers from the engineering firm jgc corporation are dead.
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>> abe expressed his condolences to the bereaved families. ministers will send a plane to algeria as early as tuesday to repatriate the bodies of the victims. the prime minister condemned the attack on innocent civilians. he called it an unacceptable, cowardly act. the governments of five other countries, including britain, romania and the philippines, have confirmed that their citizens were among the casualties. israelis are preparing to vote in a general election. opinion polls suggest they'll keep prime minister benjamin netanyahu in power. netanyahu called early elections in october after his coalition failed to agree on the annual budget. his likud party and his nationalist coalition party israel betananu have led in the polls. the party opposes peace talks with the palestinians. netanyahu resumed the building
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of jewish settlements in occupied territories two years ago. the construction breaches international law and contributed to a breakdown in the peace process. the prime minister has devoted quite a bit of time urging the bank of japan to do something. what's he hoping for? >> the prime minister has been very adamant about getting japan out of deflation. he doesn't feel his administration can do that task alone. that's why he's asking for simultaneously monetary action. the policy makers are about to give abe what he's been pushing for the bank of japan officials will likely announce a 2% inflation target. the target is part of abe's plan
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to tackle inflation with bolder, monetary easing measures. board members will decide the policy together with economic revitalization member as the two-day meeting wraps up. the two sides are still discussing the precise wording of the statement. it will refer to a 2% inflation target. it will also say financial authorities will try to reach the target at an early stage. the document is also expected to clarify the role of the government in japan's economic reform including how politicians will promote growth and fix fiscal health. boj officials are expected to agree at the meeting on fresh monetary easing measures. they announce similar moves last december. this will be first time in nearly a decade that the bank decides on such action at two consecutive meetings. now let's get a check on the markets. first looking at the stock
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market tokyo shares are trading higher this morning. trading is cautious ahead of the announcement from the boj policy meeting. the nikkei average is trading at a higher%. let's see what's happening on the currency market. the yen is little changed against other major currencies with investors refraining from aggressive betting. the against the yen is changing at 89.74 to 75. meanwhile euro against the yen is at 119.38 to 42. mark players say all eyes are on what kind of bold measures the central bank can come up with if it's two achieve the 2% inflation market. investors expect trading to be volatile following the government and boj announcement. south korea's kospi flat pretty
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much. 19 1,9 1,986. we'll see where trading takes us. global unemployments on the rise. the international labor organization says the number of jobless people increased for the first time in three years as european credit woes continue to weigh on the global economy. officials announce on tuesday that nearly 200 million people worldwide were jobless in 2012. that's an increase of more than 4 million from the previous year. officials say unemployment grew not only in western countries but also in east asia and the middle east. nay say european debt problems affected emerging economies by hurting trade. youth unemployment is also on the rise. people aged 15 to 24 are counted for over a third of the tot number. officials are urging governments to boost job training programs
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for young people. looking ahead officials say global unemployment will continue to rise this year to over 220 million. they site the sluggish global economic recovery as a reason. south korean journalts have voted toyota motors camry car of the year. representatives from the japanese automaker collected the trophy for the u.s. built sedan at a ceremony in seoul. the journalists praised the cars price competitiveness. it beat 44 models introduced last year including vehicles by bmw. toyota executives we began shipping cars from the u.s. to sou korea. toyota isn't the only company taking advantage of the new trade deal.
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honda and also increased shipment. more business headlines for you next hour. i'll leave you with a check on markets.
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assertions that part of a rocket launched by north korea in december was made in china could influence u.n. security council discussions. the body is considering possible responses to the launch. south korea's military has analyzed debris from the rocket salvaged from the yellow sea. including a first stage fuel tank. sources say some of the debris appears to be from china and four other countries. u.n. resolutions ban member countries from exporting missile parts to north korea. many countries view the launch as a test of the north's long range missile technology. china has traditionally defended the north at the security council. > south korean intelligence agents have arrested a man they believe is a spy. n they believe the man passed confidential information. public broadcaster, kbs, reports the suspect was working at the seoul city office. he visited their homes and consulted with them over the phone. the report says the man they have linked information on 40%
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of the defactos in sou korea. agents are investigating whether he was spying for the north every since. thousands of people waiting to go home. tons of debris waiting for disposal. vast tracts of lands waiting to be restored. overcoming the disaster won't be easy. but step by step, people are moving forward. find out how on the road ahead. every wednesday at 1:00 p.m. japan time right here on "news line." japan's nuclear regulators have been wondering how to save the nuclear power that crippled fukushima. they've drafted new standards. authority officials are
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preparing new filter vents for the plants. the ventwould reduce pressure in the containment vessel and filter contaminated steam. they worked on them after the tsunami. they are considering a proposal to build stand-alone facilities to cool down its reactors. workers would inject water from a safe distance. they will release suggestions by the end of the month. the proposals will then face a public review. they are to announce the new standards by july. when a massive earthquake hit western japan in january 1995, it killed over 406,400 people. many businesses were unprepared, a bigger quake could have occurred on the west end of japan. many companies are busy drawing up contingency plans.
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they profile two that are taking the warnings seriously. >> last year, he upgraded the damage would be far bigger than previously predicted. they are bracing for the worst. >> translator: its crisis management team has been reexamining its crisis readiness plans. >> there is going to be damage from the tsunamis. it's inevitable. >> to damage from the 1994 earthquake, he heads industries over $10 million. it took nearly three months before work resumed and all the company's plans. >> we've experienced an actual earthquake. we know our old disaster plan isn't good enough. >> given the growing threat from
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a future quake or tsunami, other industries. for some countries, disaster planning is crucial, physically determining whether or not they continue to exist. this is a medical product company based in korea. it keeps 10,000 of cell samples for testing in refrigerators and freezers. the cells are essential. but if a power outage were to occur, they could all be lost in less than that hour. >> if the refrigerat stoed working ter quak it wod a dastefor us. everything we built up in the
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past 30 years would be wiped out. >> in the past, the company stores enough fuel to keep its own generators working for the next 24 hours. officials realized they needed to have enough fuel for at least. they signed a contract on a priority basis in the event of an emergency. the company is also reviewing the way it stores its materials. >> translator: we have to think which spells and specimans are the most valuable assets for the company and set priorities. we can't protect them all. >> since the company's own generator might be disrupted, officials decided they need to do prioritize which specimens are particularly important. they're creating copies of the cells to be kept in labs of different companies.
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sorting 1,000 types of cells and ensuring the temperature and transportation of time and money. but the company says, they have no choice. >> translator: we are taking extra steps to improve our disaster readiness plan. we have to be able to respond to unexpected events. we have to think one step ahead. >> in the ongoing economy slowdown, the unthinkable is difficult. russian oil exporters now have better access to markets. they are using the longest pipelines which took years to
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build. they began sending their first delivery to japan last week, using the entire network. it stretches for 1,800 kilometres, connecting oil fields. the project took six years to complete. now, when the construction of the pipeline is completed, rush is making progress to become the big player in the world oil market. >> my growing up took place. russia was watching all markets for many years. >> translator: the new brand of oil is being born. in the international market it's known as espo. >> a section of the pipeline
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opened three years ago. oil was bought through the terminal in 2012, exporting to ten countries in the asian pacific region. more than 30% will sp to japan. china is 24%, slightly more than the united states. under putin's orders, there are orders in eastern siberia. they export to asia to more than 45 million tons within the next few years. the focus is now on developing human resources. it's got three years to go
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training oil and gas engineers. students learn about the quality control. she wants to go work at an air force base in siberia. >> i plan to start working as a welder. and if i do really well, i could even end up as an oil tyon. >> we don't have enough engineers and workers. that's why all the oil companies want us to produce more skilled people, especially technicians for the project that is on the way. >> japan has welcome to the new pipeline. russia is a promising alternative. faster delivery a key benefit.
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it can take more than 20 days for oil to reach japan from the gulf. the pipeline will cut this to three days. users could benefit it in the form of cheaper fuel. it's over 5 months percent. oh, it's stuck. people in china's capital are trying to catch their breath. >> it's definitely right. people are having trouble breathing across the northern half of china. let's get straight into video to show you what it's like out there. beijing last week experienced the worst air quality on record. now shanghai is shrouded in
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smog. many shanghai resents were wearing mask to filter the toxic air. it looks like the smog will stay in place for a little while longer. pulling back i can show you a chart of this hazardous air quality in shanghai. it has been when the video came out from just around 9:00 a.m. on monday it was hazardous. things weren't too bad on sunday. it's down to the unhealthy level which is still unhealthy. the air quality is very bad. the high pressure system just lingering over head. it will be making air stagnant with the less winds combined. here across southern china a rain band is formed. it's just colliding here. it will be lingering for the next couple of days making
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trouble with the flooding conditions that could be triggered. here in japan the wet weather will be recovering. it will be recovering from the west. the western areas will be starting to see dry skies, clear skies. even into the evening hours central japan will see clear, dry conditions. temperatures are shaping up like this. shanghai 7 degrees. it's going to be another foggy day there. tokyo at 9 degrees for the high on tuesday staying in the 30s in the tropics. across the north american continent you can tell the jet stream is plunging down to the south eastern area all the way down to the phale o flida. really arctic cold air dominates much of these areas. that's another favorable factor to make lake effect snow. additional amounts could be as much as 40 centimeters and new england region you may see snow
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on 20 centimeters. temperatures are dipping down as follows, minus 4 in new york. d.c. minus three. average is just around 6 if you can recall last week you had double digits. it's a very rough roller coaster ride out there. s anles meanwhile in the west. this is to the south of the jet stream. summer like temperatures will be persisting. across the european continue innocent a couple of low pressure systems combined with the cold air. the uk get see effect snow in the eastern portions and this coming system will be making it over the peninsula. madrid you may even see sw into the next 24 hours. thunderstorms could be popping up here. it's apparent in these double digit temperatures that it's very warm.
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athens 16 degrees and lisbon at 13. here is the extended forecast.
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one more story, looking from a penguins eye view. they have film what penguins see in their every day life by attaching video cameras to their backs. researchers from the national institute of polar research in tokyo used micro mini video camer cameras. they are about two centimeters in diameter. scientists attached them to 14 penguins from 2010 to 2011. you can see them swimming beneath icebergs. they swim after prey and capture them quickly. the footage confirms that a daily penguin feeds on fish and
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krill. they have praised the results. >> when you get these video images it's no lger stor it's real. in some cases we go we were right. our story was right. japan has become a major player in the international arena of biologging. >> the japanese team warn that penguin habitat may shrink further if global warming speeds up the melting of icebergs. that's all for this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo.


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