coming to you live from our studios here in tokyo, this is nhk "newsline." i'm james tengan. we start off with a quick look at some of the stories we're following. more time needed. south korean president park geun-h geun-hye's lawyer says he isn't ready for his client to be questioned. new duties. japan's cabinet says the
self-defense force unit heading to south sudan will be allowed to protect civilians with weapons if necessary. and under investigation. law enforcement officials in russia have detained the economic development minister on suspicion of accepting a bribe. there's been a delay to a planned inquiry into south korea's president's connections to a corruption scandal. it was originally expected that park geun-hye would sit down with prosecutors on wednesday, but that's not the case. our reporter kim chan-ju joins us from seoul. can you give us the latest? >> reporter: president park got a lawyer on tuesday. his job will be to defend her against allegations that she has links to a scandal involving her long time friend and close aides. park's lawyer held a news conference and spoke about the
delay. >> translator: i need to take considerable time to study the issues and prepare the defense. in principle, the prosecution should be carried out in written form. >> reporter: park's lawyer also pointed out that the investigation of a sitting president could paralyze state affairs. prosecutors told reporters that a face-to-face inquiry is necessary for a fact finding. they're now looking at the possibility of thursday. in the meantime, the ruling and opposition parties have agreed to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the scandal. the appointee will be independent from the government and would have higher investigative authorities than current prosecutors. if the special investigation starts, it will put even more pressure on president park.
>> thanks very much. that's kim chan-ju reporting from seoul. japan's cabinet has decided to grant expanded duties to a self-defense force unit that will join a u.n. peacekeeping mission in south sudan. nhk world's tomoko kamata reports on the unit and its unprecedented rule. >> reporter: japan's sdf members have been part of the u.n. mission in south sudan since 2011. the mission's mandate is to protect people from the violence that broke out years ago as political turmoil gripped the country. japan's current unit is in charge of building facilities for refugees and u.n. staff, but the time there is almost up. government officials plan to dispatch a new unit this month, and it will have duties unlike any other in the sdf's history. the duties will include
protecting civilians who request urgent help by using weapons if necessary. that wasn't allowed by law in the past. but it's now possible because of national security legislation that came into effect this year. the government sees that as a good thing. >> translator: now the sdf can rescue people related to the u.n. when they call for help that means we can contribute to the international community even more. >> reporter: but it's controversial for some people in japan. in tokyo, citizens protested the move. they say the new role for the sdf infringes the constitution, which renounces japan's use of force. the defense minister points out fighting is unlikely because she will limit the unit's operation to the area around the capital. >> translator: i've been briefed
by the u.n. that security is relativevely stable in juba. it's the west and north of south sudan where security is deteriorating. >> reporter: japanese officials admit the situation is severe. a u.n. adviser warned last week there's a strong risk that violence could escalate into genocide. and the u.n. refugee agency said last month an average of 3,500 people fled the country every day. that deteriorating situation could pose problems for the condition the new mission needs to meet. the law says any country the sdf members operate in must approve of them being there throughout the entire operation. in the case of south sudan, that approval could be considered lost if the current government loses power. but for now, the plan is for the sdf personnel to start their
work around the middle of next month and continue until march. japanese officials will keep a close eye on developments. tomoko kamata, nhk world, tokyo. russian investigators have detained the country's economic development minister on suspicion of taking a bribe. the news is causing concerns here in japan as officials here push for closer economic ties with russia. russia's investigative committee says he received more than $2 million from the country's biggest oil producer. they suspect that in return, his ministry gave approval to the company to acquire a stake in another oil firm. japan's minister for trade w wi russia was scheduled to hold talks with him on the weekend in peruru. they were supposed to discuss an eight-point economic cooperation plan that japan had pitched ahead of president vladimir putin's visit in december. >> translator: honestly, i'm very surprised. the two governments have already agreed on the working plan for
economic cooperation. >> translator: there's no change in our plan to develop japan/russia relationships over broad fields such as the economy. we wilpushsh forwardrd economic cooperation with russia in a mutually beneficial way. >> he has been involved with russia's economic policies for over two decades. russian president vladimir putin has congratulated u.s. president-elect donald trump in a phone call. the kremlin says the two men agreed to improve russia/u.s. relalations, which have sunk to their lowest point since the cold war. russian officials say putin told trump he's ready to engage t th new u.s.. administration in a dialogue between partners. the officials say talks would be based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and noninterferencnce in each other domestic affairs. they say that trump and putin
discussed mutual efforts to normalize relations and agreed to pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues. e two agreed to make plans for a face-to-face meeting. they confirmed the need to work together in the struggle against international terrorism and extremism, which they view ass their top common enemy. and they exchanged views related to solving the crisis in syria. disagreements over the conflicts in syria and ukraine have been the main source of tension between russia and the u.s. trump's transition team confirmed that trump told putin he's looking forward to building a strong and enduring relationship with russia. meanwhile, u.s. president barack obama has suggested trump will be pragmatic in office. given the president-elect's campaign rhetoric, that could come as a surprise to some. >> this office has a way of waking you up.
and those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don't match up with real y reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick. >> o obama spoke in his first ns conference since the election and says he gave trump some advice in their recent meeting at the white house. he says he told him that campaigning is different from governing, adding he thinks trump recognizes that. obama also says the president-elect expressed great interest in maintaining country's core strategic relationships. according to south korean media, seoul has confirmed it knew pyongyang sent a senior diplomat to meet with u.s. experts in switzerland. the diplomat was spotted at an airport in beijing. asked by reporteders where she was going, she said she was
going to attend a meeting. >> translator: i will meet my old friends for a talk. >> diplomatic sources say it is to find out the next policy planss for pyongyang. president barack obama has maintained a policy of having no direct talks with the north unless it takes concrete steps towards denuclearization. north korea says it will not negotiate if denuclearization is a precondition for talks. the two governments have not held official talks for more than 4 1/2 years. japan's prime minister will head to the u.s. this week to discuss bilateral issues with the president-elect. high on the agenda will be the future of a massive free trade agreement. let's go to gene otani from our business desk for all the business headlines. >> prime minister shinzo abe is a keen supporter of the transpacific partnership, a deal that would bind 12 asia pacific
countries, but president-elect donald trump has repeatedly vowed to pull the u.s. out of the pact before it's ratified. abe told lawmakers he'll raise the matter with trump in new york. he said he trusts that trump understands the value of open trade as a key pillar of republican party policy. and he said if the tpp fails, the china-led regional comprehensive economic partnership will be the new focus. >> translator: the united states is not part of the rcep negotiations, so china is the biggest gdp in the talks. it's necessary to establish an economic zone like the tpp that accounts for 40% of the world economy. it would benefit the economies in the region. >> leaders of tpp member states are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the apex summit that begins on saturday in peru. abe s said he wants them to
reaffirm their commitment to the deal. the first trial of a drone using a mobile phone has been carried out. they developed the system with a group of venture firms. it had a top speed of 50 kilolometers p per hour. conventional wireless drones have an operational limit about one kilometer. mobile phones allow operation from tens of kilometers away. >> translator: wind, rain, and other weather conditions will be tricky to deal with. we will do further trials to enable practical use. > engineers plan to test if e drdrone operation affects mobil phone communications on land. they aim to put the drone into practical use from 2018. hitachi has developed camera
technology that captured images without lenses. they promise cheaper and smaller lenses with applications in self-driving cars and robots. they say that in place of lenses, the camera uses special imprinted film. they say that will make it possible to shrink cameras in smartphones to 0.5 millimeteter ten times thinnerer than curren models. the special film captures images from a sensor. it's then analyzed by a computer, which reconstructs the originalal still or moving imag. hitachi researchers say the technology allows the focus to be freely adjusted even after taking the image. they say by doing away with lenses, the cost of cameras can be reduced. hitachi hopes to commercialize the technology in 2018. insurance companies in japan are facing a tough business environment. a shrinking population means fewer customers and super low interest rates have translated into lower returns. now a major u.s. insurance
company is pulling out of japan. executives at aig say they've agreed to sell all the shares of aig fuji life insurance to pacific century group. the japanese unit has more than a million life and cancer policy contracts. the executives say the buyer already takake thehese over. they also say the firm will focus on nonlife iurance in japan. the deal markrks the entntry fo japan i io the groroup heaeaded richard lee.e. the grgroup has bought life insurance businesses in asia in 2013. its business has been expanding. japan's nikkei share average ended fractionally lower as investigators booked profits from sharp gains. phoebe amoroso has the details from thehe stock exchange. >> we saw a bit of calm return to the markets as the post-u.s. election rally ran out of steam. treasury yields and the dollar also eased a little. there was some correction there. let's see the closing level with tuesday, november 15th.
the nikkei 225 finished just a touch down at 17,668, but it's still hovering around a nine-month high. the broader topix rose 0.2%. the dollar climbed to the 108 yen level, reaching a five-month high, on the back of expectations that president donald trump will increase government spending. looking at individual stocks, the financial sector led the gains despite lower profits for the three major financial groups. in particular, we saw mitsubishi ufj farewell. it hit a ten-month high. it ended up 4.2%. sumitomo mitsui also ended higher. so the post-election shock is ending in tokyo. investigators are waiting on policy announcements to get a sense of how the u.s. will proceed from here. rising yields on u.s. treasury notes are having an
effect in japan. the yield on ten-year japanese government bonds briefly rose above 0% for the first time since september. moving on to other markets in the asia-pacific region, hong kong and malaysia snapped two days of losses. the philippines continue to suffer from fears of capital outflow. the shanghai composite edged down by 0.11% after hitting a ten-month high on monday. profit taking dragged down construction and resource-related shares. here's a look at some of the other business stories we're following. an estimated 37,000 new condominiums have gone on sale in the tokyo area this year, the lowest figure in seven years. the real estate economic institute says 2900 new condos were put on the market in tokyo and its neighboring prefectures last month. researchers say rising construction costs are driving up prices. the chinese yuan has lost ground against the u.s. dollar
for the eighth straight trading day. the people's bank of china set its daily reference rate at 6.8495 to the dollar. that's the lowest rate since december 2008. japanese food companies are promoting theirir products in saudi arabia. the companies showcased about 200 items at a food fair. saudi arabia has seen growing interest in healthy foods amid a rise in obesity, which reportedly affects one-third of the population. generations have grown up drinking milk, but for those allergic to dairy, that's not an option. one answer may be goat milk, as this next reportt showsws the dk is gaining attention in japan as a nutritious alternative. >> reporter: this farm is home to about 70 goats.
this man began raising them after learning about their milk. people who are allergic to cow's milk sometimes find goat's milk easier to digest. one challenge to marketing goat milk is its strong smell. he developed a feed designed to reduce the odor. it contains rice and grass grown without pesticides. >> translator: our goat's milk has to taste good above all else. if it's also healthy and causes fewer allergies, trierrific. i can recommend our milk with confidence. i want everyone to try it. >> reporter: this scientists has analyzed the components of milk. he says one reason people with a dairy allergy can drink goat's milk has to do with proteins. this experiment helps illustrate the difference. first, both types of milk are poured into centrifuges. about 15 minutes later, the proteins are extracted. they're dyed blue and placed in another machine to break them
down further. here are the results. the data on the left is from cow's milk. the blue at the bottom signals the presence of a protein called alpha s-1 casein. it's one of the substances that cause a milk allergy. the data on the right is from goat's milk. there's no blue at the bottom, so the allergy-causing protein is absent. he says some people who arere allergic to alpha s-1 caseinin n drink goat's milk. >> t translator: people with day allergies could make up for the nutritional shortfall by drinking goat's milk. it has a very good potential to become a substitute for cow's milk. >> reporter: a dairy farm that's been in business for nearly a century has begun selling milk from goats. it expects demand from people looking for an alternative to cow's milk. the goat milk they sell is from his farm. it earned kudos from college
students who visited the factory. >> translator: the smell isn't so strong and it's easy to drink. >> translator: it could be great if people with a milk allergy could enjoy this product. >> translator: there are so many people with milk sensitivities these days. we know because we sell cow's milk. we'll keep working h hard to se gogoat's milk so lots of people with a dairy allergy can enjoy it. >> reporter: goat's milk that's easy on the taste buds and the stomach. for some allergy sufferers, it could become the drink of choice. >> for those allergic to dairy product, they recommend getting a medical checkup before trying goat's milk. you can catch our report again online 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.
officials in the japanese city of fukuoka have finished filling a giant sink hole. they've now reopened the road and lifted evacuation orders. traffic resumed in front of the main train station early tuesday morning, just a week after the hole opened up, shocking residents. the cave-in happened suddenly, cutting off powewer, water, and gas in parts of the city. but surprisingly, no one was hurt. city officials belelieve construction work to extend a subway line was the cause. >> translator: we think it is important to have a third party
thoroughly investigate the cause as well. >> crews workedd aroundd the clock, dumping wet cement and sand into the hole. it was supposed to be fixed by monday, but heavy rain slowed the work. >> translator: i was surprised the road was restored in just a week. >> translator: ai'm still a little worried that sink holes may emerge on other roads. >> city officials say they won't resume the subway project until they're sure something similar will never happen again. authorities in new zealand are carrying out rescue opererations after a powerful eartrthquake strucuck the count south island. the magnitude 7.8 quake, which hit on monday, triggered landslides and cut off roads, leaving some small towns isolated. on tuesday, rescue operations began to evacuate hundreds of stranded tourists in a resort town about 60 kilometers from the epicenter. the tourists were flown by military helicopter to a town
150 kilometers away. they were then transported to an airport in the city of christchurch. on seasonably warm weather prevailed for us here in tokyo during the day on tuesday with highs around 19 degrees celsius, or 66 degrees fahrenheit. sayaka mori updates us on world weather starting with eastern europe. >> yes, a blizzard hit parts of ukraine and romania on sunday. you can see a cloud moving over the black sea region. it caused a lot of heavy snowfall plus very strong wind. let's go to video coming out of kiev. heavy s snow has hit western ukraraine, i including the c ca city o of kiev. heavy snow caused traffic disruptions, battered trees, and cut electricity. 430 settlements in nine regions remain without electricity. in kieiev, over 20 centimetersr snow fell and caused traffic
accidents. right now we have a high-pressure system covering the area. it is a calm. definitely good news. but across the north there is another potent low pressure system in front. the lines are clely y packed.. that means powerful winds are blowing and 's's causingng lotsf low temperurures. a lot of snow is falliling acro the scandinavian peninsula. and will move over central portions of europe causing heavy rainfall and cooler temperatures. only 5 in berlin with rainy weather on tuesday. good news it's going to be warming up to ten degrees into wednesday. negative 4 degrees in kiev in moscow and minus 1i degree expected in kiev with partly sunny conditions on your tuesday. let's go to japan. quite calm weather is happening across much of japan. it's actually quite warm today. but tomorrow is a different story. we are looking at a typical classic wintry weather pattern that means a low pressure system
is located over the east and a high pressure system is located overer the west. whenever we e see this pattern e quite cooler air coming in. snowfall across the north. heavy snow plus strong winds in hokkaido and temperatures will be quite chilly. could be 15 degrees on tuesday -- actually high was 15 degrees on tuesday. but down to 3 degrees on wednesday. so 12 degrees difference in just one someday. tokyo about 20 degrees on tuesday, today, however, tomorrow is s going to be 16 degrees. sunny weather will come back. let's go to north america. a succession of low-pressure systems has been moving over the pacific northwest, bringing heavy rain for the coast and heavy snow for the mountainous locations. this systewillll cause h heavy rainfall a b breezy cocondition across seattle on your tuesday, and the system wilill likely mo towards ththe east. it is expected to cause the first significant snowfall of the season for many areas across the e western united states as
go through wednesday and thursday. then across theastst, ere e is a potential for heavy rain across the northeastern united states so watch out f for floodods. rain is not expected foror the deep south, where dozens of wildfires are occurring. the rain is definitely needed, but no rain is expected, at least for the next couple days. temperatures are going to be as follows. 19 degrees in atlanta. 14 degrees in washington, d.c. quite chilly across the northeast as well. 11 degrees in new york city. very warm across the central locations of the united states. 27 in houston. 24 in oklahoma city. that's about five degrees higher than normal. and 15 degrees higher than average for this time of year in denver on your tuesday. all right. that's it for me now. here's your extended forecast.
molly: welcome to the "france 24" newsroom. i am molly hall. here is a look at the headlines. barack obama arrives in greece for his the first leg of his final trip to europe as president. courtternational criminal 's chief prosecutor says american soldiers and the cia may have committed war crimes in afghanistan. arriveeaders