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prepare for a long conflict in the gaza strip. benjamin netanyahu says the operation against hamas will continue until -- both are blaming each other for the casualties for this three-week long conflict.
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craig dale has more. >> reporter: president netanyahu said, quote, there is no war more just than this. netanyahu went on television to tell israelis that this war won't be over any time soon. the prime minister says stamina and determination are required in the struggle against hamas and its allies. he repeated one of his goals the demilitarizization of the gaza strip. to do that, his troops must continue to destroy tunnels that hamas fighters use to infiltrate israel. they have been trying to disable launch positions to stop hamas fighters from firing rockets at israel, something that happens multiple times a day. our nhk colleagues in gaza say israeli soldiers are carrying out attacks across a wide area from north to south and describe the fighting as the heaviest in the past few days. but the israelis are denying
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accusations that one of their air strikes is to blame for this. an explosion killed ten people almost all of them children as palestinians celebrated the end of ramadan. still there, is no denying that this military campaign has been devastating, more that 150 pal yans have died and thousands have been wounded. most of the roughly 50 israeli deaths have been soldiers. it is higher than the in 2012 and 2008 and 2009. many remain committed to this conflict. members of the u.n. security council are calling for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire. they say it's necessary for much-needed humanitarian supplies to reach the palestinian territory and the secretary of state says that both sides need to take a pause and build from there. >> we hope to find the magic
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formula by which the violence can cease for a long enough period of time to allow you to find a cease-fire and move on from there. >> that magic formula appears elusive at this stage. both sides have demands before they will agree to a cease-fire. and just as the israelis are saying the campaign will gogo on longer, hamas says its fighters have a lot of surprises in store. >> that was nhk world's craig dale. investigators waiting to access the crash site of eastern ukraine. eastern ooh crepe. another attempt was postponed on monday due to security concerns. 49 experts from the netherlands, australia and other countries were hoping to gain access to the sight. but fighting blocked them for a second day. someone shot down the plane two weeks ago. all 298 people on board were
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killed. authorities have moved many of the bodies from is site. but they believe some remains are still th russian leaders are calling on the united nations to lead the international in >> translator: we are concerned that some of our partners are trying to organize an investigation by holding bilateral talks only with the side of the ukrainian government. the investigation should be conducted as soon as possible under the authority of the united nations. >> australia's foreign minister is trying to move the investigation along. julie bishop met with president petro poroshenko. she said work was under way to identify a safe access route from the city of donetsk to the site. the u.n. high commissioner for human rights has condemned the downing of the plane. he said in a statement that the shooting down of the plane was a
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violation of international law. she called for an independent and impartial investigation to be conducted as soon as possible. her office also released a report that says more than 1,100 people have been killed in the conflict since april. it says both government forces and pro-russian militants are using heavy weaponry and the death toll may continue to rise. the report says inpunity in areas under the control of armed groups has led to the collapse of the rule of law. it documents abductions, torture and executions. officials in several countries have been considering additional sanctions against russia since the plane was brought down. japanese government officials say they will restrict imports of products from crimea. in march russia annexed the area from ukraine. japanese officials will freeze assets held by russian individuals and groups directly involved in the annexation of crimea and the destabilization
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of eastern ukraine. >> it's necessary to implement dialogue toward a prompt cease-fire a. it's important to have stricter border controls and prevent fighters and weapons from crossing it. >> government officials say they will continue to urge russian officials to use their influence with pro-russian separatists and facilitate the work of international investigators. people in eastern ukraine hear the gunfire day after day. thousands of them are trying to get out. the u.n. high commissioner for refugees says as of july 15th 86,000 people have fled the regions of donetsk and lue havoc. many need clothes and other supplies. theyed me at a red cross office in the city of kharkiv zblchblts everyone was killed. especially the elderly. i don't understand why they're doing this. the children are being killed too. the shelling destroyed just
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about everything. >> translator: i was so scared. i waited for the gunfire to scoop. then i was able to get out of my house. that's how i got here. >> red cross workers said more and more people are coming in. the workers are worried aid supplies could run out. japanese government officials have released some figures that provide a clearer picture of the economy and the numbers have proved to be a bit of a surprise. ai uchida joins us from the business desk. what is the latest? >> government officials released the latest figures on employment. they say there were more openings for people looking for jobs and analysts expected the numbers to stay where they've been in may. but officials at the internal affairs ministry say the unemployment rate rose 0.2 points to 3.7%. the figure went up for the first time in ten months. but labormy industry
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officialings say the ratio of job offers to seekers edged up. that means for every 100 job seekers there were 110 positions available. there were more jobs in medical and public welfare and in manufacturing. but there is a mismatch over working conditions tweeze those seek jobs and those looking to hire. let's look at the markets. investors are not paying much attention to the jobs data. investors are buying stocks. the nikkei opened higher and is in the positive. some japanese companies have reported good business results. corporate earnings season is now in full swing. the dollar/yen is in the upper 101 range. currency traders are likely to be taking a step back ahead of a heavy schedule of data on the
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u.s. economy. on wednesday the first estimates of the gdp will be coming out and the federal reserve policy meeting will end. now the euro, that remains weaker against the dollar and the yen. euro against the yen is at 136.86-89. let's take a look at what is happening on other asia-pacific markets. south korea's kospi is up by 2/3%. and the australia benchmark index is slightly negative. tax police in italy have seized about $140 million from a subsidiary of japan's british brokerage. the police say the people performed financial transactions for the sicily region. they packaged assets together and restructured debt. police say the suspects used the
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deals to defraud the regional government out of $230 million. they say seven people working for the firm at the time were involved. executives at -- international say the transactions took place between 2000 and 2006. they say they are reviewing the situation and will cooperate with police. the people at japan's third largest carrier are rethinking a plan to expand their services. sky mark airlines executives say their proposal to start international flights this year is in doubt and they may need to cancel a contract to buy jumbo jets. the executives planned to purchase two airbus 5-380s for $300 million each and in five years they would increase the number of jets to six. but the firm fell into the red in the last fiscal year.
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they blame growing competition with low-cost carriers and soaring fuel costs. the weaker yen drove up the cost of super jumbo jets. the executives are thinking about buying smaller jets instead. they say they are negotiating their contract with airbus but may be forced to pay penalties if they decide to cancel it. more headlines in business next hour. i'll leave you with a check on marts.
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the u.s. headquarters of shanghai husi food is -- >> we understand this event has caused a lack of trust by the china consumer to us and our product and we're committed to repairing that and rebuilding that for our future. >> mcdonald's said husi food and other companies in china will
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come under the direction of the headquarters. he said it plans to spend $1.6 million over the next three years on a food safety program. fast food chain mcdonald's has taken all meat products off its menu in china after osi foods recalled all its meat products. they continued to offer fish burgers. staff put up signs at regulators apologizing for the inconvenience. >> we can offer -- >> any hamburgers? >> no, no hamburgers at all. >> mcdonald's officials don't know when they will be able to offer their full menu again. survivors of a ferry disaster in south korea have been describing what happened just before the ship went down. six high school students were
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testifying at the trial of the ship's captain and 14 crew members. the defendants are facing charges including homicide and negligence. the ferry sewol went down in april off south korea's southern coast. more than 300 people were killed or remain missing. the witnesses spoke at a court near -- in seoul. they heard an announcement telling them it would be safer to stay in their cabins. they say they followed the advice and waited to be rescued. one of the students said the ferry began tilting and water poured into the cabins. she said she used a life vest to reach an exit. some of the students are calling on the judges to hand down severe punishments. others say they just want to know why their friends lost their lives. many diners in japan enjoy biting into grilled eel to help
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beat the summer heat but they are seeing fewer and fewer of the fish and now people are coming together to keep the popular japanese food on dinner tables for years to come. nhk world's -- explains. >> reporter: eel sizzling on the hot grill. it's a smell that has filled the summer air in japan for centuries. the dish is rich in protein and vitamins, which is said to help combat heat fatigue. so people eat it at the start of the hottest period of the year. >> translator: on a steaming hot day like this, i feel like eating eel. >> translator: eel is not only about getting stamina for the summer, is it a tradition in japan to serve it on special days.
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>> reporter: cooked eel has long been a part of japan's culture and way of life. but people worry they may not be able to savor the all time favorite dish for much longer. populations of japanese eel have sharply declined in east asia. suspected reasons include overfishing and degradation of river environments. the japanese eel is on the red list of endangered species. most eel are farmed from lar ray is is caught in nature. if they to decide to impose restrictions, the impact would be immense. japan imports half of its eel larvae from neighboring
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countries. >> translator: the convention is being held again in about two years. we have to conserve resources. >> reporter: -- who chairs the sub committee on eel recently visited japan. he has experience with conservation efforts in europe. during his visit to japan, he saw eel fishers and farmers blame each other for species depleegs. >> if these guys and the fishermen are in the same room with all the people we can talk about it and do a little bit to help the situation. >> reporter: gollock suggested various stake holders meet to discuss conservation. >> translator: what kind of data is necessary to grasp the big picture on resources? >> translator: if we keep
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consuming at the current pace will population fall to critical levels? >> reporter: some measures have already been introduced. but it's difficult to come up with effective ones as each party has different interests. gollock provided information to the general public at a symposium. he gave details on the status of the species and the threat it faces. >> translator: when we eat eel, we need to appreciate it more. because their numbers are decreasing. >> i think everyone agreed there was a problem with the japan eel and we need to do something about it for the benefit of japanese culture, japanese economy and for japanese ecology. i think it was very, very positive. >> reporter: the efforts to protect the species and the dish have only just started to gain
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momentum. the key to preserving the japanese eel is to make more people appreciate the endangered spec japan's space agency has entered a new era with a satellite to monitor extreme weather patterns and a japanese astronaut taking the helm of the international space station. now the public can explore outer space with the agency at an expo near tokyo. nhk's kimberly gail has the details. >> reporter: 50 years of space history in one room. from space suits to replica launch vehicles and command modules, the stories of some of the most important missions are on display. space enthusiasts are taking it all in. >> translator: the more we watch, the more we understand about space.
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>> translator: it's interesting to see the space shuttle and various rockets. >> reporter: one of the main attractions is a replica of the japanese experiment module kibo. astronauts at the international space station have used the lab since 2008 to carry out experiments. in medicine and biology. in march -- took over as commander of the international space he became the first japanese astronaut to lead the orbiting lab. a government panel is trying to decide what role japan should play in the space station after 2020. this spokesperson says space exploration is more relevant than ever. in february, they sent up a satellite that can track rain and snowfall around the globe.
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scientists hope it will help them better predict extreme weather such as typhoons. >> we would like to improve people's daily lives and how should i say and contribute to society. brazil has a large rain forest as well as big problems with illegal logging. and using earth data we can monitor and prevent these criminal activities. >> reporter: -- is another success st jaxa sent the probe to explore asteroids. in 2010, it became the first spacecraft to bring back particles from an extraterrestrial body other than the moon. --'s engine was especially innovative. the low-power ion propulsion system enabled it to return to
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earth an a seven-year journey. this winter, jaxa will launch -- two. they will used to investigate the evolution of the solar system. organizers want to show off past accomplishments but they are looking to the future. one idea for making space travel more affordable and more accessible is building a space elevator. japanese scientists are trying to develop that idea with carbon nanotubes, cables designed to transport a vehicle without a rocket. organizers hope exhibits like this will inspire the next generation of space explorers. kimberly gale, nhk world, chiba. it's time for a check on the weather. people in the u.s. state of california are dealing with raging wildfire and drought
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which is not helping the situation. >> we have been saying the last several days now these very dry conditions. you have gusty winds coming with this as well and it has been fueling up these fires. we have a video coming out of northern california to show you what it looks like on the ground here with some of these fires. firefighters in this area have made some progress on this one particular blaze. on sunday the wildfires forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents. the blaze broke out on friday, destroying 13 residences. dry conditions are still in place in this area for the next several days due to this big ridge in the jet stream under the high pressure dominating to the north and warm and dry conditions. this is in the north and you have to remember this ridge is in the upper atmosphere, well above our heads. but on the lower levels you get
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the surface heating in the desert out here. that is called heat low and it is kicking up heavy rainfall. so we have been seeing the threat of flash flooding over here, not where you need the rain but in nevada and colorado. in denver two reports of tornados in the last several hours because of the storm systems that flared up across the eastern portions of the rockies. this is something we want to watch for the next 24 hours for the flash flooding and the threat of thunderstorms still. meanwhile on the eastern seaboards, that dip in the jet stream is bringing severe weather over parts of the southeast. a few of the storms could produce damaging winds and hail. temperatures are cooling down though. all the cool air will drop chicago down do 25. washington, d.c. at 27.
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toronto up to 23 here on your tuesday. now let's take a look at europe, though, and the big topic out here is two things, the heat and the thunderstorms. numerous thunderstorms reported here on your monday or even sunday into monday. romania had several reports of winds 56 to 70 kilometers an hour. in france a report of a tornado and still looking at heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, 150 millimeters but it's you have these cutoff lows very stubborn down here but warm weather off to the north. and red level warnings. that's the highest level you can go into poland for the heat. 32 degrees on tuesday, 10 degrees above your average as we take a look ahead. japan, decent weather in place. much dryer weather. not looking at the threat of thunderstorms. but we'll see the heat. the thunderstorms in the korean
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peninsula. and this is what i want to talk about. two tropical depressions at this time, both likely will become tropical storms. this one, though, that's pushing toward okinawa and the southern japanese ooinislands. mid week you will be expecting heat wavy rainfall and gale-force winds until thursday. here's your extended outlook.
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and that wraps up this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. thanks for joining us.
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