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>> translator: regarding auto sector issues, the delegates often clashed as the u.s. side has a strong interest in that sector. >> japan's chief delegate said they had more issues and agreed to continue talks. the u.s. negotiators have been urging japan to revise its fuel efficiency regulations and unify safety standards. they say this will make it easier for american automakers will sell their vehicles in japan. the japanese delegation has been standing firm on safety regulations. bank of japan officials warn the financial institutions could suffer hug losses if bond yields rise by one percentage point. >> they err monitoring on the sectoren othe rise of interest rates. the calculation covers banks and credit unions in the country.
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boj say officials they they were holding $2.3 trillion worth of domestic bonds. these includes bonds issued by international and local governments as well as by companies. when bond yields rise, their prices fall. the officials say if yields rise one percentage point, those institutions will suffer losses of more than $81 billion. but that's about $7 billion less than three months ago. major banks have been anticipating after rise in yields and selling their government bonds. the boj has been buying bonds from banks to supply them with funds to lend to businesses. japanese automakers perform many tasks using robots but toyota has started applying lessons from aless automated age. workers are honing their manual skills and using them to help drive the company forward.
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>> reporter: toyota's main plant is in nagoya. since last year, humans have replaced robots to do part of the welding process. this man is using his almost 50 years of experience to supervise the process. >> translator: we need to train people so they can create new methods and ideas out of the work they do by hand, which, after all is a starting point of manufacturing. >> reporter: car making robots have become the norm in the industry. but toyota says human skills are essential to make the robots better. robots have been improved by basing their movements on the human hand. this one can paint car bodies with complex shapes. it reproduces the movements of
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skilled workers. toyota says once the skills of experienced workers are lost, robots won't improve. that would make it harder for the company to compete. toyota has a facility to train young workers. each year the company gathers, promising workers here. they leave the assembly lines and could be sen trait on honing their manual skills. this 20 year old was among the trainees. two older workers supervised him as he spent ten hours a day mastering his painting skills. >> translator: a lot of people are helping me to improve so i
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can make a contribution to the company. i hope japan can maintain the craftsmanship that has built up over generations. >> welcome to japan! >> reporter: the trainees got to test their skills. talented workers competed at the world skills competition. inoue entered this year's contest in germany. he won a medal of excellence. it was a good opportunity to test his skills and discover weaknesses. back in japan he began teaching younger workers. he's trying to pass on his knowledge. >> translator: i think it's vital to improve on the skills you learn.
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what i've acquired is something most people my age haven't had a chance to master. i want to make the best use of my technical knowledge. >> reporter: toyota sees manual labor as an investment in the company's future. it sees manual label as essential to build tomorrow's cars. an unmanned space freighter has completed its mission to the international space station. the people who dwroped the spacecraft confirmed it burned up reentering the earth's atmosphere. engineers with the u.s. firm orbital scientists launched the cigna last front. the freighter delivered 600,000 tons of flood, clothing and other supplies. the capsule undocked carrying
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more than one ton of waste, all of it burned up during reentry. the people at orbital scientists have a contract with nasa worth nearly $2 billion. they're scheduled to launch eight more capsules, the next one in december. it's the second privately developed spacecraft to take supplies to the space station. the u.s. venture firm space x's dragon was the first. pakistani leaders have seen hundreds of civilians killed in u.s. drone strikes on their country. the strikes have ratcheted up the tensions between the two countries. and pakistani prime minister shar sharifsays the strikes have got to stop. he pressed obama on the drones. >> i also brought up the issue of drones in our meeting,
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emphasizing the need to an end for such strikes. >> we agree that we need to continue to find constructive ways to partner together, ways that respect pakistan's sovereignty, that respect the concerns of both countries. >> but sharif did not manage to persuade obama to change their approach. more than 400 pa pakistani civilians have been killed in drone strikes, but pebs of the obama administration say they're being used in line with domestic and international law. obama has had to explain himself over the latest allegations about americans spying on their allies. german government officials say u.s. agents may have monitored the mobile phone of chancellor angela merkel. she telephoned obama to demand an explanation.
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an official made it clear she views such practices as completely unacceptable. german intelligence officials analyzed the allegations after they were reported in a german weekly magazine. white house press secretary jay carney said obama told merkel the allegations were baseless. >> we are working to, as the president has said, to review the way we gather intelligence to ensure we properly balance both the security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that everyone shares. the french leaders have also criticized the u.s. national security agency. they say agents collected records on 70 million phone calls between last december and january of this year. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has heard some of his allies speak with optimism about talks over iran's nuclear program. but he is skeptical about the iranians intentions. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has tried to offer him
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some reassurances. kerry and netanyahu met in rome. they discussed progress made last week in talks between negotiators from iran and six global powers. netanyahu said a hit would be a historic mistake to make too many concessions to the iranians. >> the best way to get it peacefully is to maintain pressure on iran. that's what got them into these renewed negotiations in the first place. the iranians only said they'll use their nuclear program for peaceful purposes. kerry said they'll need to follow up on their claims. >> no cleel deal is better than deal. but if this can be solved sats factual ifactorily diplomatically, that's better for everyone. >> he's been offering to improve relations with the west and resolve the standoff over the nuclear program.
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defectors from north korea have recounted what they've been through. they share their experiences with members of a united nations commission looking into human rights abuses. four defectors received at a hearing in london with one man said he fled in 2007, got caught in china, then was sent back to north korea. >> translator: you have to crawl under a low gate to enter the prison. once you pass through, you're considered an animal. he said his captors crammed him into a room with several dozen others and left him there for about a month. he said one inmate spoke without permission. he said guards told the man to
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put his hands through the bars. then they beat him until his fists swelled and he couldn't pull them back. a woman said she, too, escaped to china then was sent back to an internment camp. she said guards stripped her then checked to see if she had any money on her. >> translator: i hope north korean defectors around the world will speak out about their experiences. we should come together to improve the human rights situation in north korea. >> members of the commission will also hear from representatives of the british government and human rights organizations. they'll hold another hearing this week in washington. >> weather experts in syria say they've almost finished inspecting facilities used in the them call weapons program. syrian government officials have declared 23 sites. a spokesperson for the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons said
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inspectors have destroyed equipment at 18 of them. the remaining five sites are in areas controlled by opposition forces. the inspectors say they're negotiating with opposition leaders to try to gain access. they expect to complete their inspections by the end of the month. they plan to elimb nay all the stockpiles by the end of next year. drivers from around the globe have raced across australia powered only by the sun. the race gives researchers a chance to test their ideas and it could help bring solar-powered vehicles into the mainstream. for from nhk world. >> reporter: darwin -- october 6. the world solar challenge begins.
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the order of the teams' departure is based on their results in qualifying the previous day. >> they're really fast. >> one of the favorites is the team from tokai university in japan. it's won two races and is gunning for their third victory. but after skidding in the qualifying round, the car has to start in 20th place, nine minutes behind the leader. each day the cars drive from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. the aim, to see how far as they can, powered only by solar energy. by the end of the first day, the top teams have covered more than 600 kilometers. they set up camp wherever they get to that evening. pitching their tents and cooking outdoors.
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from the very start, the car in the top place is from the netherlands. this team is aiming for its fifth win. it's using a special technology. it's fitted with a type of solar panel called a concentrated module. at the end of each day's racing, the teams need to recharge the batteries of their cars. they tilt them so the solar panels face the setting sun for as long as possible. because the concentrated module has a larger surface area, recharging the panels can be done more efficiently. by the fifth day, the weather has changed. little or no sunshine is forecast. so the key will be how much energy the teams have been able to store on the previous day.
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despite the conditions, the delth car keeps up a steady place. but the tokai team's battery is out. they are forced to stop and recharge. the delth university of technology crosses the finish line first. it has held on to first place from day one to seal its fifth victory. claiming the title back from tokai. despite the final day's problems, tokai university managed to make up a lot of time to finish second. >> translator: i think we'll be able to put these cars to practical use in 10 or 20 years. >> young people from all over the world come to compete in this solar car race. their heated rivally may one day give us the car of the future. nhk world, adelaide, australia.
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the scientists in australia say they may have found a way to find gold without having to dig for it. the key is traces of gold in eucalyptus leaves. a team from their science and technology discovered gold in the leaves in eucalyptus trees. they say the trees act like hydraulic pumps draw up gold ore through their roots. the particles are 1/5 the width of a human hair. >> we've only really scratched the surface with this research. we found that some trees will take up gold. others don't. and so we need to do some more research to find out why this is happening, to make it into a robust exploration technique. >> researchers say mining gold from the leaves is unlikely, but the findincould lead to a cheaper way to locate gold deposits with less damage to the
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environment. and time now for a check on the weather. people in southern japan are dealing with the effects of a powerful typho. our meteorologist gives us the latest. >> hello there. typhoon francisco hasn't moved a whole lot since yesterday. it's been lingering along the southwestern islands of japan. we have this video. this was the scene iernd noon. gusts of about 130 kilometres per hour and heavy rain has been measured here. all ferry surfaces and flights in and out of this area have been cancelled. residents are are evac the waiting. we're expecting waves up to 10 meeters across southwestern islands today.
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it's starting to shift north-northwest. it could probably get close to the region by saturday morning local time. i think the heaviest rain is falling across this moment. lots of heavy rein and example moisture. 350 millimeters of rein has been measured over the past 24 hours. and still an additional 200 millimeters are widely likely across most of the western half of japan. and unto 300 millimeters are possible into friday so let lotts of rain is in sight. now down towards the south, we have another system of violent typhoon. this is the most powerful storm of the typhoon season so far. it could affect the islands with
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full force by tomorrow. now as you'll notice, these systems could get closer to each other if the distance is within 1 now kilometers an hour, we may see aly rare phenomenon. those systems could take strange movement, unpredictable movements that could start on your saturday. we'll keep you po posted on the storm's progress. up towards the north, we have low. the rain is in the forecast for much of the area. now across the america, the coolest air is coming in from the north affecting the eastern half of the u.s. we have frost advisories and freeze warnings in place for many areas. temperatures may drop down below freezing in some places. and lake-effect snow is likely for the great lakes region with up to 15 centimeters at most. now out towards the west looking
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drier, but thunder showers may happen over the four corners region on thursday. and things are getting calmer across the southwestern corner of mexico as a tropical depression, tropical storm continues to be moving away from mexico. temperatures will be at 31 degrees in acapulco. and really chilly up towards the north. only 6 sdst for you in chicago for the high on your thursday. and a quick look in europe, a series of lows is moving in from the atlantic. we are seeing lots of wet and windy conditions for the northern half of europe. across the south, looking dry and calm. temperatures are going to be quite seasonal until many places. for example, at 16 degrees in london and 19 degrees for you in paris. here's your extended forecast.
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the 3-month-old future king
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of england made his first public appearance since he was introduced to the world in july. the occasion was the christening. the royal baby was baptized by the archbishop of canterbury. queen liz best and prince charles were among the handful of family members and close friends. the prince's parents shunned convention by holding the ceremony outside buckingham palace. the body of princess diane yeah was kept at chapel royal until her funeral. she was killed in 1997 in a car crash in paris. the close friends of the prince and his wife attended as godparents. another example of how the couple has dropped centuries old customs while ignoring royal
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traditions. on behalf of our team, thank you for staying with us.
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tavis: good evening, tonight, a conversation with legendary musician herb albert and his accomplish mints are -- his a accomplishments include music from the great american songbook. we are glad you can join us for a conversation with herb alpert coming up right now.
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>> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. tavis: the debut album of her bellport dominated -- of herb alpert dominated the airwaves. sales2 million album later, he has a new one called "stepping out." let's see a video of his version of "putting on the ritz."
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different types who are coats with pinstripes ♪ ♪ putting on the ritz ♪ rockefellers with ♪ ♪ putting on the ritz ♪ tavis: your corpus is deep enough already. >> i am having a great time. it gives me energy to do this. i have been playing since i was eight. not stopping. tavis: still practicing everyday? >> everyday. if i don't play, something is off here in tavis: -- something
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is off. tavis: you have earned the right to go rest if you want to. but you can take my point. i read somewhere recently where laughable,at i found but i know what you meant by it, that you don't think you will ever master the horn. >> oh, no. i was friends with this elect city -- with dizzy gillespie. tavis: if you have not mastered it, you have tamed this thing, tamed this beast. >> i don't know if i have tamed it, but i am looking for my own voice. i strove to find my own voice. i am satisfied with the way i play. there is just a lot more to accomplish. tavis: maybe you don't know the
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answer because you haven't found it yet, but what do you think is still out there? how much better can you get? >> the more i get in touch with myself and the more i can relax, there is a books written by a famous flautist who said there is a formula for playing. equals small p. is the audience and the small p is how you play. if you can get to the place where you can totally relax and totally experience your gift, then you can really create. after all these years, is there a place where you feel like it doesn't get much that are than the moment i am in right now?