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tv   Newsline  PBS  July 23, 2013 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT

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hello there. welcome to "newsline." it is wednesday, july 24th. i'm katherine cobia shi in tokyo. the new prince has made his public debut. britain's prince william, his wife, catherine, and baby greeted the crowds outside the hospital where he was born. they left the hospital to be met by a curious crowd. the duke and dutchess of cambridge followed tradition by giving the public the first silth of the baby on the
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hospital steps. prince william made his first appearance that way. >> he is a big boy, quite heavy. we are still working on a name. >> the first time of any parent know what this feeling is like. >> very special. >> they also revealed that william performed the first nappy change. the family left for their home at kensington palace. >> yeah, we could see them really good. we were getting pushed and shoved towards the front. there were lots of people going crazy. it was great. >> check it out. amazing. >> the bells of westminster abbey rang out for more than three hours of celebration. the royal artillery fired a 41-gun salute at green park and at 62 rounds at the tower of
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london. the new prince is third in line to the throne after his grandfather, prince charles and his father, prince william. the monarchy has three generations of heirs to the throne. many are refitting their displays. one baby clothing change set up a special session ahead of the birth. shoppers can buy clothes, and shoes. after the new prince arrived, they put up congratulatory stickers and displayed clothing for boys with a crown design. >> i am moving all the boys clothing forward for the royal baby, because the royal baby was a boy. we are bringing all that product forward and putting the girls behind and the boys in front.
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japanese cosmetics maker, kanebo has been received complaints about their skin whitening products, developing skin problems after using the cosmetics. they told a news conference they had received complaints from 6,608 users, 2,250 had noticeable problems such as white blotches. >> we will continue to take action until every customer is cured. it is our responsibility to know the customer's present conditions and come up with meshus measures to deal with their problems. >> they said the company which cover their medical expenses and pay damages appropriately as soon as the scale of the issue is determined. kanebo has been recalling 54 products. it has voluntarily called back
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360,000 items so far but has yet to recover 90,000 more. the company is urging consumers to stop using the products and turn them in. experts are saying that cleaning up radio activity in fukushima prefecture could cost $50 billion. this is more than four times the amount now allocated. decontamination work has been done based on radiation levels. the central government is responsible for cleanup in the fukushima prefecture. no entry zones. it is also subsidizing the work in other areas. the government has allocated 11 billion dollars. it hasn't made clear what the total cost might be. experts from the science and technology institute have studied the cost. their estimate for the no-entry zones is about $20 billion. in other areas, $31 billion. this includes the cost of handling and storing radioactive waste such as contaminated soil.
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>> the government should study the costs before deciding whether to complete decontamination or reallocate the money to help people rebuild their lives. >> she also says the government is doing the work without considering the expectations of residents. fishermen are angry at the operators of the fukushima nuclear power plant. they have admitted that contaminated water is seeping into the ocean. about 100 fishermen attended a private briefing session by tepco. they said the spread of contamination is limited. they also explained their plan to build walls along the coast to prevent tainted water from leaking into the ocean. some fishermen reportedly said tepco officials may have deliberately concealed the information. others said they cannot trust the firm. >> translator: we lost hope. i feel nothing but anger.
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>> the fishermen are also worried about the impact on their plans to resume fishing on a trial basis in september. the head of a local fisheries cooperative said the announcement is a serious blow. a tepco official expressed his sympathy. >> translator: the issue of the contaminated water is a real concern for the fishermen. i can't apologize enough. >> he also said tepco will take a series of measures to try to rectify the situation. japan is joining negotiations for the trans-pacific partnership framework for the first time. trade officials are working on what's being discussed in explaining japan's position to delegates from the other nations. japanese delegates were allowed to participate after receiving
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approval from the u.s. japanese delegates are able to view huge amounts of documents on past negotiations. earlier in the day, japanese chief negotiator expressed his determination regarding the talks. >> translator: we will do everything we can to realize national interests and revitalize the japanese economy drawing from our past experiences an intellects. >> reporter: the tpp talks are taking place in a resort town in malaysia. they began last week and will continue until thursday. delegates have set up 13 working level meetings for this latest round of talks. japan will likely join six of them. one of the meetings will focus on intellectual property. another on government procurement and will go over conditions for entry into public works projects.
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japanese delegates will attend a special session to catch up on current projects. the aim is the elimination of tariffs on all projects within a decade. the rules would govern trade within 20 areas. the total participation including japan is about $770 million. it accounts for 40% of global production. members of tokyo's olympic committee are doing everything they can to win the 2020 summer olympics and pair olympics. they are asking people from the tourism and transport industry for help. groups from tokyo, istanbul and madrid are competing to host the games. members of the international olympic committee will announce the winner in september. about 250 people attended a lecture in tokyo, including members of the transport, tourism and hotel industries. >> i want to ask the participants for their help in encouraging the public to
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support our bid to host the games. >> one participant pointed out that hosting the olympics produces ripple effects. host cities invest in upgrading rhodes and other infrastructure and they drive an increase in travelers from abroad. leaders in the republic of sudan are betting an a new venture. their economy has struggled since they lost oil wells. they are hoping to tap into something else that is below their feet. as nhk world reports, some are questioning who will benefit in the end. >> a large part of the republic of sudan's 1.8 million square
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ki kilometers is sand. that includes an area just north of the capital cartoon. a large project is under way to turn it into lush, greenland. this is a research and development farm made in the huge desert. as you see, they have already started to grow. there is plenty of water underground so crops can grow. authorities plan to have 13,000 hectors cultivated & they want to set up 180 wells to water the farmland. foreigners will be the major partners. a private company from the
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united arab emirates is funding most of it. foreign businesses will manage the farmland loaned from sudan's government. in may, sudanese businessmen invited foreign corporations to invest in the country. >> reporter: sudan has lots of land that is perfectly suited to farming. there is an abundant supply of water. >> saudi arabia, qatar and other gulf countries don't have much farmland. so they find sudan's access to water appealing. >> we have a different varieties of our food basket, let me say. one of our major investments is really enter saw dan. really in sudan.
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>> sudan's minister of investment expects foreign involvement will help the development and later create jobs. >> we have no money to this infrastructure. investment is going to do it. investment is going to provide me with jobs, high amount of unemployed people in the sudan. we can not employ them unless we have investors. >> but, not everyone in sudan shares his enthusiasm. the government has forced people who lived on the project land to leave their homes. their only compensation, a well 2.5 kilometers away. and none of the products goes to the sudanese. the gulf nations will get it.
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this upsets many sudanese as they see little benefit from the project. government leases of the land sometimes extend for up to 99 years. seemingly, an indefinite period. that worries the citizens. so does the sparse information about the contract. >> we sit down with the community leader and explain to them. they know that at the end, that the investor is not going to take the land in his pocket and go. >> reporter: if more sudanese are to support the foreign-r foreign-projects, the government will have to convince its people that eventually, they will benefit. sho beppu, nhk world, khartoun.
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residents of an old town in southwestern china are learning there are two sides to prosperity. they have seen advice storvisit interested in history streaming past their homes. they are finding a bit invading. >> reporter: the historic city of lijang lies southwest in china. its traditional architecture and narrow streets involves past centuries. these days,they are filled with tourists, most of them from other parts of china. now, it gets around 16 million visitors a year. many of the traditional houses in the city have been renovated to be shops and restaurants catering to tourists. ligang is part of the ethnic
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group. now, apart from the old buildings, there is rich evidence of the people and their culture. >> translator: it is not much different from being in a bar in beijing's entertainment districts. >> reporter: in 1997, the region was registered as a world heritage site in recognition of its traditional architecture and cityscape. but since then, many of the national people are leaving their homes so they can be rented out as restaurants or hotels by outside companies. the rent will boost their incomes five to tenfold. a 93-year-old woman who has lived here all her life says the streets are losing the old feel.
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>> i used to go to the morning market with my friends after cleaning my house. now, most of my friends are gone. i don't see any people out on the streets. i have no one to talk to. >> reporter: the change is happening fast as local authorities are concerned. the authorities have gun providing financial assistance to craftsmen to try to keep alive the traditional culture. one distinctive local craft is copper pots and pans. for years, they have been essential items for brides. >> translator: without the backing of the local government, it will be impossible pass on our traditional skills to future
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generations. >> reporter: in times, they develop their own language based on picture graphs. this is now being told in elementary schools. this script dates back over 1,000 years but less and less people can read and write it. >> translator: i like it because each picture has its own meaning. >> translator: for the people, the tourists have been a mixed blessing. it has brought greater prosperity and spread their fame around the world. it may be the end of the asian culture of the natche people.
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china's rise brought power and problems. an income gap divides the people. pollution threatens their health and disputed seas strain relations ut the challenges chi faces on "newsline." people around the world know where koalas and kangaroos come from but there is another animal in australia that has been attracting crowds for a long time. we explain. >> reporter: the creature i am riding is not a horse. this is a camel. this is out of springs, australia. the camel race is about to start. this annual camel cup race has been drawing crowds for more than 40 years. this year, some 6,000 people gathered from around the world. there were 30 camels taking part in the race but camels can be
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stubborn and don't always do as they are told. one camel suddenly stopped right before the finish line and began running in circles for reasons nobody knows. another camel takes off, then, bucks off the rider. >> he was running backwards, i think. >> fine. i like it very much. >> we come every year. we are locals. we are just bringing the boy down this year. he is two now. just to show him a camel. >> reporter: the often ner wner camel farm is neil waters. his daughter, phoebe, is a camel jockey. he has about 40 camels on his ranch. over the years, neil and phoebe
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have won a wallful of trophies. when he is not racing, he leads tourists on camel rides throughout the outback. they get to enjoy the grand nature of australia from the top of a camel. >> once you can stop working on the camel's personalities, it is easier to handle them. it is like having a schoolyard of school kids. >> reporter: phoebe has been preparing for another victory. she is riding chrissy, a 12-year-old camel that won first place three years in a row. >> i am so excited. i have been waiting all year for this. it is great. it is finally here. >> reporter: at the start line, the jockeys line up their camels in a sitting position.
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and they are off. phoebe and chrissy made a big start and managed to stay in first place until the final corner. but then a rival jockey suddenly overtook them on the inside of the course. they finished in second place. >> we didn't get the first that we were after but our camels ran really well. so we are happy. the camels are happy. >> reporter: riding camels is not an easy pastime. the animals bite, buck, and kick and often refuse to follow orders. but phoebe and her father, neil, are determined. they say they still have room for another trophy on their wall and that they will just train
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harder for next year's race. takeo nakajima, nhk world, australia. let's take a look at the market figures now. people in tokyo have been
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caught off guard by sudden torrential rains. m mai shoji joins us. >> i hope you didn't catch that sudden blinding rain. most residents here in tokyo was caught by surprise. take a look at this. residents are battered by sudden thundershowers, the combination of daytime heat and human conditions was to blame. the daytime high reached 35 degrees in central tokyo and about 100 millimeters of rain fell in one hour in some places. airlines and railway services were affected badly and thousands of homes were without electricity. now, i know that in metropolitan tokyo where the trains were stopped, people had to walk on the railways and so thousands of houses are still under downed
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electricity. the flooding conditions still not alleviated yet. we still have this front stretching from eastern china. the tropical moisture surging and feeding this. the system is generated in bringing torrents of downpour. in north korea, we have a report of 450 millimeters that fell in the past 24 hours. this is likely to move into central japan. we are talking about 120 millimeters of additional rain fall in tohuku region and up to 100 millimeters. the conditions are not going to be recovered any time quickly. it is not going to be helping at all. northeastern china is also going to be seeing conditions very unstable due to the upper level low combined with a low pressure system. main threats will be flooding, frequent lightning as well as gusts there. down towards the south, we are
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seeing rain andain pounding across the southeastern areas, including thailand due to the southwestern monsoonal flow being very active. staggering amounts into the next 24 hours. a lot of these locations will see more than 200 millimeters in localized regions. the temperatures are seeping up like this with heat covering much of the midsection. the temperatures are rising almost up to 40 degrees in shanghai. 36 degrees in fukuoko. sudden weather changes. north america, the eastern half is looking quite misty. it has been an ongoing swigs here. we are still likely to see more bad weather due to this cold front stretching all the way into new england. into tomorrow, on wednesday, we'll see the system move toward the east hitting the atlantic
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coast and into southeastern corner of the country. the temperatures are still very high in oklahoma city at 33 degrees. houston, at 36. los angeles, 27, quite nice but the atmosphere is very unstable. we have a report of about 7,000 lightnings reported yesterday. now, here to europe, the midsection is clear and fine. the northwestern russia is wet and windy. we have a system moving into the atlantic. that is bringing the temperatures down. numerous thunderstorms have been reported and that's likely to continue. we a red alert in western germany for thunderstorms. 29 degrees. we are looking at the same digits here at 29. some of the midsections are soring into the. that's going to continue into your friday. here is the extended forecast. #
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that wraps up this addition of "newsline." i'm katherine kobiashi in tokyo. thanks for joining us.
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2:00 p.m. >> good afternoon and welcome to the woodrow wilson center. this is america's living tribute to its 20th president. just a memorial like some some of the places you visit in washington d c. you may have noticed that on your way and. the upper floors of this memorial are filled with human beings who are engaged in deep research about issues and importance around the country and the world.

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