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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  January 4, 2020 4:30pm-5:02pm GMT

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looked early on in felixstowe but further west, that was the scene, grey, gloomy conditions here. you can see on the earlier satellite image, a lot of cloud across the west. some breaks across eastern scotla nd west. some breaks across eastern scotland and eastern england and as we go through tonight, you will hold on to some breaks in the cloud for these eastern areas which will allow it to get chilly. this feed of cloud from the atlantic producing the odd spot of rain, slightly heavier rain gci’oss spot of rain, slightly heavier rain across the far north of scotland, turning bruce d. temperature is between four and 9 degrees. where we see there is breaks, quite close to freezing. tomorrow, again a lot of cloud around but that will break up a little bit through eastern and southern parts. north—west england may see the odd spot of drizzle, particularly parts of cumbria. similar for particularly parts of cumbria. similarfor northern particularly parts of cumbria. similar for northern ireland western scotland. but eastern scotland not doing too badly for some sunshine. a windy day tomorrow, while the
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one as well, particularly across the northern half, 10—12d. the high pressure that has been with us will retreat into monday to allow the system in. that will bring outbreaks of heavy rain moving eastward through the day. that way and unlikely to get to the south—east until after dark and behind that, western ireland, scotland are seeing something drier. highs of nine — ii degrees, quite windy on monday but when they are still on tuesday as this area of low pressure passes to the north—west. a lot of white lines squeezing together, we are likely to see severe gales across northern areas. outbreaks of heavy rain here as well. not as wet or windy the further south and east you look but are the wind gusts. when across parts of scotland, 60—70 mph or more also to the eastern side of the pennines. but look how mild it it will be. 12
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to 15 degrees. through the week ahead, more rain and gales in the forecast. it states mild for the most part. drier later on. hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. the headlines... the foreign office warns against all non—essential travel to iran as president trump says he ordered the attack on iran's top military
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commander to stop a war, not start one. suleimani has been perpetrating acts of terror to destabilise the middle east for the last 20 years. what the united states did yesterday should have been done long ago. funeral processions are under way in iraqi cities for qassem soleimani and the others killed in the attack. huge dust storms have begun sweeping across parts of south eastern australia — where bushfires have caused thousands of people to flee their homes. temperature records have been broken in canberra and sydney —which experienced 48.9 celsius. labour backbenchers, lisa nandy and jess phillips join the contest to become the party's next leader. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show.
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i'm paul carter, i'm a journalist and i have come here to tokyo to experience its culture, its sights and smells. like a lego cityscape, it doesn't look real. it's much bigger than i was expecting. a lot more, for want of a better word, gold. i have come as any other western tourist could come and do, but i have also come here as a disabled person, to experience all of those things through the eyes of someone who might have some difficulties getting over some of those problems, getting around. ifeel like i'm... ifeel like i'm done for the day already and i haven't even got anywhere yet. tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. and next year, it will
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play host to the olympics and paralympics. japan expects a record a0 million visitors in 2020, including many disabled travellers. so i want to find out how prepared its capital is to welcome an influx of foreign visitors, especially people like me. i was born without any lower arms or legs, as you can probably see i use short prosthetics to get around. so i'm just off to try and find something to eat. obviously it does pose some challenges, particularly with my height, and in terms of fatigue i can't walk very long distances. there is quite a big bar culture here in tokyo so it means that anywhere with high stools like this is actually out of bounds to me, as it would be to wheelchair users for example.
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i do have to be a little bit more picky. sometimes people see me and have a perception of who i am, and what i might be able to do and what my limitations are. and i don't always think that their perceptions necessarily meet my reality. can i have this one? 0h! 0k. is that 0k? success. we have a table. arigato. cutlery—wise, there is a selection of chopsticks, which for obvious reasons aren't much use to me, and some spoons. no forks, so i planned ahead and i have the japanese word forfork on my phone... so when my food comes i will see if they have any. otherwise it will be a job of improvising. ah, thank you, arigato.
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success! i have a fork. looks good! there are around 6 million people with disabilities in japan, and my goal over the next few days is to see what it is like for us to visit this city. we're off to the skytree. not really sure what to expect, looking forward to the view. it's a reasonably clear day so hopefully we'll be able to see something at least. i guess we'll find out when we get to the top. it is already looking busy inside. there are quite a few escalators to get up, but that's not too bad. i'm quite lucky that i can use escalators all right,
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there are lifts here as well. the skytree is the world's tallest tower, and one of the country's most popular attractions. this is the mostjapanese thing i've seen since i've been here. hello kitty over here, people dressed up in all kinds of slightly weird outfits. hi, thank you very much. thank you. which way... this way. thank you. built in 2012, this modern icon stands at a whopping 634 metres high. announcer: the tokyo skytree temple deck, floor 350. oh, my earsjust popped. i am told it can withstand earthquakes up to 7.0 magnitude as well as handle some 10,000 visitors a day. whoa!
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that's amazing! looks like a lego cityscape, it doesn't look real. i think when you get up here it is just a sense of not only scale, of how massive this place is, but how densely populated it is, how everything is so tightly packed together. i think usually on a clear day you are supposed to be able to see mount fuji in the distance, but i think the weather gods haven't smiled on us today. man and woman speaking injapanese this is actually like heaven for me, i have this game at home. i have seen all these original sketches, i was not expecting to see something like this here.
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oh my god, there's merchandise, as well. take me away, before i spend all my money. me and tall things don't usually go together, to be honest with you, but it's actually nice to feel like i'm looking down on something for once. you can't come to the skytree tower and not have your photo taken. oh, my god! laughs i've just realised there is a glass floor. 0h... that makes me feel a little bit sick. 0h... laughs i really don't like it! i love it! got my best side. sayonara! that was so cool. but you know, if you
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can cope with the crowds it is fairly easy to get around. could have done without the glass floor, to be honest with you, not the biggest fan of heights, didn't realise that was there, but no, absolutely cracking fun, really good place to come. but to be honest, i only had high expectations of tokyo, one of the most high—tech and futuristic capitals in the world. and uniquely, this city has been down this road before. newsreel: the world's biggest city, more than ten million population and still growing, tokyo prepares for the first olympic games to be held in the orient. a massive facelifting is but one part of the feverish activity in the japanese capital. back in i964japan's capital became the first asian city to host the games, and the first city outside of europe to hold the paralympics. newsreel: speaks
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japanese. 378 paralympians representing 2! countries were greeted with an enthusiastic and heartfelt welcome to tokyo. helped by the star power of japan's then crown prince and princess, who were committed to raising awareness of disability in sport, the 1964 paralympics were hugely popular. some 5,000 spectators turned up to cheer on the athletes over the five—day competition. the 1964 championships and subsequent paralympic games put disabled people in the spotlight. but what is it like for people living here from day—to—day? i'm in the lively harajuku area, to meet an award—winning disability vlogger who has been documenting her journeys around japan. ah, yuriko, hi! i'm paul, nice to meet you! hi, nice to meet you! how are you? hi, i'm good! this is pretty busy.
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yes, so crowded. what is this place? i could tell. so you've made videos and provide information for disabled people, how did you start doing that, and why? 200? wow! yuriko thinks the momentum of the paralympics here will change how japanese people interact
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with disabled people. what is it about the culture here around disability that makes things a bit difficult? why do you think that is, that people are shy to help? is it a culture thing? part of the success of the paralympics will hinge on people's experience of tokyo. with that in mind, the city has spent billions preparing for the event, which includes
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updating the infrastructure with lifts and escalators. i'm trying to find the entrance to shibuya station, which i'm told should be just up ahead. i'm told that the metro system is about 90% accessible. but... is this the entrance? is there a way to get in with an elevator? no elevator? there's no signs to say where the accessible route is. so i'm just going to have to brave the stairs, because i don't know where the elevator is. exit, toilets, information... let's see if with the power of translation apps, i can find a lift. downstairs?
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ok, thank you. so, there isn't an elevator on this floor. so, it's stairs again. shibuya station underwent a huge makeover in 2013. now sprawling over three levels, it's a bit of a struggle to navigate, especially with so many steps. there are lifts and escalators here, but it takes me more than 20 minutes to actually find them. ok, this looks more like it. right, the first challenge is... the button which says international languages is too high for me to reach. could i buy a ticket? he's going to help me.
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at least, i think so. 0k. thank you! by the time i reached the platform on the lowest level, i was pretty tired. i have no idea if i'm actually in the right place but we'll soon find out. and it seems i'm not the only one. even locals are confused by the signage. how do you find it access—wise, the subway? but eventually, i reach
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my destination. ifeel like i'm done for the day already and i haven't even got anywhere yet. we made it. to a side street. oh well, we sort of got there. it's just over 500 days in the countdown to the paralympics. but post—games, japan wants to show the world a society that is inclusive for all. i was curious to find out how tokyo's historic monuments measure up for
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accessibility. sensoji is tokyo's oldest and most famous temple, originally built in the 7th century. hey, josh. hello. good to meet you. good to meet you too. so this is sensoji temple? it is, yeah. want to show me the sights? let's go. canadian—born josh has lived here for a decade and runs a website offering advice to disabled visitors. i don't know where to look first. sights everywhere. yeah, there is. the building's not original. i was going to say, it doesn't look 1,400 years old. i think one of the things that's most impressive about this place is that they've done it a lot to make it wheelchair accessible, but they have done it in a way that doesn't affect the feeling of the place. that is the lift, the elevator? yeah, it's well hidden, a lot of people didn't know where it was. they had to put a sign on it. as we enter the main pagoda, i begin to absorb some
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of the ancient traditions of japanese buddhist culture. so, what's happening over here? they‘ re making prayers. the first thing that strikes me about this is the scale of it. it's much bigger than i was expecting and it's a lot more, for want of a better word, gold. yes, it is! everyone here seems very deferential. there is quite a sense of reverence here. yeah, it is very important to people in japan. in the past 10 years, 11 years, since you have been here, have you seen things change? yeah, for sure. for example, along with the infrastructure improvements, i think people's attitudes have begun to change a lot more. before, there would be barely anybody else out in a wheelchair. you did get strange looks and stuff like that. people are able to go out more often so they're going out more often, and because about people around them are getting more used to, you know, different colours of society. and with the olympics coming up soon, i think it's
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getting even better. tokyo 2020 will be the first games where sponsors are mandated to acquire rights for both the olympics and paralympics. advertisers have been asked to feature paralympic athletes just as prominently as olympians in their advertising campaigns. i meet one of the paralympics' organising committee, who has been taking part in the drive to raise awareness, including talks and demonstrations at hundreds of schools and businesses.
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and organisation of the paralympics has highlighted another important reason why it is vital that the games provide a long—lasting legacy.
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around 5% of the population of japan is registered disabled, and this figure is set to rise. yet i've not seen or noticed as many people with disabilities here as i have another major cities around the world. i'm off to an event when nondisabled people actually get to experience a bit of what life is like for people like us. so, tell me a little bit about what's going on here? we have our para—sports awareness event, we have a lot of different para—sports. you can try out anything you want. it's hoped that events like this will not only educate the public on how to behave around people with disabilities, but actually change society. i have a physical impairment,
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but i'm not a special person. para—sports as a whole, they can change society. the pa ralympics has the power to change society. it has been changing little by little, and in the next three years, we are going to change our society very fast. it all looks very great. i can see the wheelchair basketball happening over there. would you like to try some? go on, then. let's give it a crack. this is the worst thing i've ever done in my life. take it easy on me. are you ready? 0k! i don't think so, but ok. be nice to me, please. nice! thank you. that was genuinely terrifying. how was it?
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you're sweating a lot. that was really scary! look at it, it's quite refreshing to see so many people engaging with the events, with the trials. i was a little bit cynical about this, coming into it, people doing para—sports, sometimes it's a bit naff. actually, you know what? people were really engaging with it. and if that is what it takes to expose people to this kind of sport and engage with people with disability i guess it's only a good thing. i think coming here and surviving for as long as i have in finding my way around has been an achievement for me. disability—wise i've found that maybe people were perhaps a little bit reticent to offer assistance, but perhaps it was a shyness
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in offering to want to help, i think is the issue. everyone connected with disability is really super—aware of the fact that they still can improve and want to get better, and they are really trying to get better, and with the paralympics coming here it has almost given them a catalyst to sort of make that change sooner, and greater than perhaps they would have done otherwise.
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hello there. we have had a lot of dry weather today, but sunshine amounts have varied. the best of it has been across eastern areas, this is how it looked from a weather watcher. by the west, that was the scene. grey and gloomy conditions. you can see on the earlier a satellite image, a lot of cloud across the west. some breaks for north—east wales, the west midlands, certainly some breaks across eastern scotland and eastern england. as we go through tonight, we will hold onto some breaks in the cloud for these eastern areas. that will allow it to get a little milder, but generally we have this wave of cloud from the atlantic, that cloud producing the odd spot of light rain and drizzle. some slightly heavier rain across the far north of scotland. turning increasingly breezy through the night, temperatures typically between four and 9 degrees. where we do see those clear breaks further east, we could get quite close to freezing. so, into tomorrow, again a lot of cloud around. but i'm hopeful the cloud will break
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up a little bit through eastern and southern parts of england. north—west england may be saying the old spot of drizzle, particularly parts of cumbria. similar story for northern ireland and western scotland. some rain across the north—west, but eastern scotland not doing too badly for some sunshine. a windy day tomorrow, a milder one, as well. particularly across the northern half of the uk, ten to 12 degrees. now the wind will retreat into monday, to allow this frontal system in the atlantic. that'll bring some outbreaks of heavy rain, moving eastwards through the day. the rain unlikely to get into east anglia or the south—east until after dark. behind that rain band, western scotland and northern ireland seeing something else drier later in the day. highs of nine to 11 degrees. quite a windy day on monday, windier still on tuesday. this area of low pressure passes to the north—west of the british isles. a lot of white lines squeezing together on this chart, a lot of isobars. we are likely to see severe gales across northern areas. ourbrea ks of heavy rain here, as well. these are the wind gusts we are expecting.
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particularly when the across parts of scotland, 60 to 70 mile an hour gusts or more. also some very gusty winds likely to the eastern side of the pennines. that could cause one or two transport problems. look how mild it is going to be, 12 to 15 degrees. exceptional for this point in january. for the week ahead, more rain ahead in the forecast. it stays mild for the most part, a little drier later on.
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this is bbc news. i'm lukewsa burak. the headlines at five: huge crowds join funeral processions in iraq for iran's top military commander, killed by a us drone strike. donald trump says it was to stop a war — not start one. fears that high winds and temperatures will push australia's bushfires towards heavily populated areas — thousands of reserve troops are deployed. the fires that have raged in south—eastern australia will be affected by these winds, they will be fanned by this, making a dangerous situation even more perilous. labour backbencher lisa nandy and jess phillips join the contest to become the party's next leader. the met police appeal for information after a food

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