too. temperatures could top 40 degrees in parts of central and western japan. forecasters with the japan meteorological agency say strong sunshine drove up the temperature in the western city of shimanto. the daytime high there has climbed above 40 degrees for three days in a row. it hit 41 on monday afternoon. that's the highest temperature recorded in japan since officials began collecting data in 1875. the previous record, 40.9 degrees was set in 2007, in kumadaya near tokyo and that's also in the central city of tagimi. in the past week, nearly 10,000 people were taken to hospital across japan with symptoms of heatstroke. ten people died in tokyo over the past three days. temperatures in south korea have also risen above 40 degrees. and many will have to endure the
heat without air-conditioning. temperatures hit 32.6 degree s celsius in seoul, and record 40.3 degrees in the southern city of ulsan. the heatwave comes as south koreans face a power shortage. technical problems on monday forced two thermal power plants to two offline, and 6 of the country's 23 nuclear reactors are undergoing inspections or maintenance. government workers will have to forego air-conditioning for three days and authorities have asked residents to do what they can to save power. a heatwave two years ago resulted in major blackouts. sayaka mori from our weather team joins us now. tell us what's behind all this heat. >> yes, it's imbearably hot in many parts of the northern hemisphere. several high-pressure systems are to blame. across east asia, many record highs set in east china, south korea and western and central
japan. in fact, in japan, tens of thousands of people have been carried to hospitals due to heatstroke so far this year. now, this is the reason. we have the pacific high which is very strong this year. on top of that, we have another high, the tibetan high. the two high-pressure systems are compressing the air and working as a powerful heat engine. the height of the highs are actually nearly 15 kilometers. now, heat is not going anywhere, unfortunately. kyoto in the mid 30s into your friday. nearly 40 degrees in parts of china and daegu running six degrees higher than usual for the next three days. across a different side of the world over iberian peninsula and northwestern africa, wildfires have been reported. and the reason is we have the atlantic high right here and another high, that's north african high, and those are keeping things dry. low humidity and also days of sunny weather .
on top of that, temperatures have been much higher than average. for example, in marrakech, 45 on sunday, 46 degrees on your monday. lisbon at 33 on sunday. that's about 5 degrees higher than seasonal. and as we go into tuesday, still much hotter than average, and on top of that, no rain is in the forecast for the iberian peninsula and morocco for some time. japan's machinery orders fell for the first time in two months in june, but the figure was better than analysts had expected. the data are seen as a key indicator of corporate capital investment. the cabinet office reported that orders fell 2.7% from may to about $8 billion. the orders exclude volatile sectors such as ship building and power companies. orders from manufacturers rose 2.4%. those from nonmanufacturing
businesses decreased significantly, falling more than 17%. the sector includes companies involved in finance and insurance as well as transportation and postal services. for the april to june quarter, machinery orders rose 6.8%. this is the first increase in five quarters. the cabinet office said orders are gradually picking up. previously it said they were showing signs of a slow pickup. minutes from the bank of japan policy meeting last month show one of them show caution upon using the word, recovery, to describe the country's economy. in a two-day meeting that ended july 11th, the central bank upgraded its assessment saying the economy was starting to recover moderately. it was the first time in two and 2 1/2 yeared the boj used the term, recovery. the minutes were released on tuesday. they indicate most board members were in agreement of the wording, on the back of
resilient domestic demand and improving exports, but one member said it was better to spend more time to determine whether the word recovery is appropriate. the official cited uncertainty regarding overseas economies as a reason. looking ahead, many members said the economic outlook will depend on whether wages will increase as a result of the ongoing recovery. they said summer bonuses show good signs but it's unclear whether smaller firms will follow large companies in raising wages. a survey finds that nearly half of all japanese middle-aged workers feel unfulfilled in their jobs. the swjapan management associatn conducted research on how workers feel about their jobs and incomes. 1,000 regular and nonregular workers took part. about 42% said they didn't feel their job is worth doing. the ratio was especially high among workers in their 30s and
40s. as 47% and 45% respectively, the figures were 4 to 5 points higher than other age groups. over 70% of workers in their 30s and 40s also said they're unhappy with their salaries. a hungarian man accused of sending thousands of jews to their deaths during world war ii has tdied while awaiting trial. he died on saturday in a hungarian hospital of pneumonia. he was 98. he served as police chief in a nazi occupied town that was part of hungary during the war. he was charged with crimes against humanity for helping to
de po deport 16,000 jew, to the auschwitz camp. a paper exposed him in july of last year. he was arrested in the hungarian capital, budapest. his court hearing opened last month. jewish human rights organization had labeled him the most wanted suspect alive. the center launched a new campaign last month. it offers rewards for information that could help bring surviving nazi war criminals to justice. thousands of supporters of egypt's ousted president mohamed morsi are again showing their defiance. they've held a mass rally in cairo and are now entrenched behind sandbags despite government warnings they will forcibly be removed. the demonstrators have camped out at the two sides in cairo for more than a month. many of them are from the muslim brotherhood. the movement that's backing morsi. security forces warned on monday they would disperse protesters, but the brotherhood mobilized
more people and the standoff continues. >> translator: we're not going to move until morsi is reinstated. after all, he was elected by us. >> the security forces reportedly are avoiding making a move during daylight hours because of the presence of many women and children. prosecutors said on monday that morsi would be held for 15 more days. he was first detained on july 26 on charges of conspiring with palestinian militants to attack egyptian police facilities in 2011. u.s. and european leaders are calling for morsi's immediate release. u.s. state department deputy spokesperson marie harf told reporters on monday that the obama administration is concerned about the possibility of more violence. india's leaders are celebrating a milestone in their naval the country's first domestically built aircraft carrier. observers say it's part of an ever to deal with china's
growing presence in the indian ocean. defense minister a.k. anthony was in southern india to celebratthe completion of the ins hall. the 37,000, 500 ton-vessel will be able to carry up to 25 combat aircraft. he said india is looking to protect its maritime interests. the country already has a british-built aircraft carrier and will buy another one from russia by the end of this year. indian leaders said this week they were preparing to test their first home built nuclear submarines. the leaders of japan and china have been dealing with a number of disagreements including territorial disputes and other problems dating back to world war ii. the anniversary of the signing of a peace treaty has given them a chance to reassess ties. officials at japan's foreign ministry issued a statement on monday to mark the 35th anniversary of the treaty of
peace and friendship. it says the two nations have deepened theirooperation in many areas and that expanding the ties serves the interest of both countries. leaders in beijing seem to agree with the spirit of the statement. a foreign ministry official said the two sides should deal constructively with their difficulties, but he said the lessons of history should not be forgotten. chinese leaders have been critical of visits made by japanese politicians to a controversial shrine in tokyo. the shrine honors japan's war dead including leaders convicted of war crimes. some cabinet members are expected to visit the shrine this week to mark the anniversary of the end of the war. china's state-run television is increasing its coverage of the issue. it says the visits are attracting criticism around the world and even from within japan. u.s. officials have urged north korean leaders to release an american man from prison.
kenneth is serving a sentence for what authorities in pyongyang call hostile acts. pae is an american of korean descent. he visited north korea last year as a tourist. authorities detained him accusing him of subversive activities. in april judges on the supreme court sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor. a u.s. state department official said a delegate from the swedish embassy in pyongyang visited pae in a hospital. sweden represents u.s. interests in north korea. >> we continue to urge the dprk authorities to grant mr. pae amnesty and immediate release. >> a japanese newspaper published by a pro-north korean group carried an interview with him. the article said he is asking u.s. officials to send an envoy to negotiate his release. former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton have visited
north korea in the past to help win the freedom of detained americans. a u.n. panel investigating human rights abuses in north korea is heading to japan. they'll meet later this month with relatives of japanese nationals abducted by north korean agents in the 1970s and '80s. the u.n. human rights council set up the panel in march. members will visit south korea and japan to collect personal information on the abductees. the japanese government says 17 of its citizens were abducted and brought to north korea. in 2002, north korean authorities allowed five of them to return home. the panel members plan to meet with prime minister shinzo abe and abduction issue minister. they'll also hold public hearings. the u.n. investigators had hoped to get a firsthand look at what are thought to be political prison camps in north korea, but authorities in pyongyang refused them entry. committee members will submit the report in september at a
regular session of the u.n. human rights council. north korean leader kim jong-un seems to be taking a new tact to draw investment from abroad. he's reportedly developing a ski resort to attract foreign tourists. workers are cutting trails and putting up equipment in the eastern part of the country. the business leader says north korean officials told him they've opened three airports around the resort. the ceo manages a joint venture in north korea. he met kim last month in pyongyang. >> translator: kim is focusing on projects like this in order to build relationships with other nations. >> he said kim believes tourism and foreign currency are keys to
reviving the economy. some people in japan spend this time of the year reflecting on the past. that's especially true for those who left lived through world war ii. many are getting older and know they have little time left to tell younger generations about their experiences. a university student from south korea is interested in listening. he visited hiroshima recently to find out more about the impact of the atomic bombing on japanese and koreans. nhk world's chia yamagishi has the story. >> reporter: university student has come to hiroshima to learn. he and nine other members of a volunteer group visited from south korea. they took part in the small annual memorial for korean
victims of the atomic bombing. he prayed for the more than 20,000 koreans who died. many were working as conscripts or laborers under the japanese colonial rule. >> translator: i don't know much about the atomic bombing. i'd like to find out more about the damage it caused. i want to feel the tragedy. >> reporter: before coming to japan, moon and the others went to a nursing home for atomic bomb survivors. moon listened to their stories, and the survivors have suffered from health disorders and poverty as they faced discrimination for having been exposed to radiation. moon and others have tried to raise awareness about atomic bomb survivors in their country. in hiroshima he visited the peace memorial museum to better
understand how the bomb killed tens of thousands of people. >> translator: i was shocked to see what the atomic bomb did to people. their clothes were torn and their skin was burned and peeled. it is heart wrenching to see that so many people were killed and hurt. >> reporter: the highlight of moon's trip was meeting this japanese a-bomb survivor. the 77-year-old has helped korean victims fight the japanese government in court to receive the same medical and financial assistance as japanese survivors. >> translator: i saw how koreans in japan had been discriminated against. that motivated my work. >> reporter: with the help of the group, many surviving
victims in south korea won most of their lawsuits. >> translator: i feel really thankful to meet someone like you who have helped survivors in south korea. >> translator: we've been working together with korean survivors, but we're getting older and have little time left. i want young people in japan and south korea to take over the activities for peace. >> reporter: moon says meeting toyanaga inspired him. >> translator: this visit to japan has given me strength to continue helping survivors back home in south korea. i also want to keep communicating with people here in japan. i hope citizens from both of our nations can become closer and friendlier toward each other. >> reporter: moon says he wants to be a bridge between south
korea and japan. the nations still have disputes tied to the war. as for his future, moon sees himself helping others. he wants to become a doctor so he can care for people who are suffering from the harmful effects of radiation. chie yamagishi, nhk world, hiroshima, japan. and joining us again, sayaka mori with the world weather forecast. >> yes, japan is actually typhoon free this year. because we have the strong pacific high. that's resulting in high temperatures as well. 41 degrees for the high yesterday could be seeing, actually saw the temperature heating 40 degrees as of 1:00 p.m. now toward the south, a typhoon is churning over the south china sea after hitting the eastern part of philippines. it's churning over the south china sea while intensifying,
moving toward the west. it could hit southern parts of china by thursday morning local time as a very strong typhoon. hi start to feel the stormy conditions today. expected amount of rainfall could be nearly 250 millimeters into the next 24 hours. of course, more heavy rain is likely going into your thursday. flooding is going to be a very big concern, and not just hanain, but hanoi, western parts of guangdong will see quite heavy rain. not good news because this is the area where a couple of tropical systems hit in august. one jebi, tand the other. additional rain is not welcome. further down toward australia, a winter storm went through the southeastern part of the country bringing extremely strong winds. take a look at this situation coming out from sydney.
violent winds of more than 100 kilometers took many sid rydney residents by surprise monday. destroyed properties, downed trees and stopped public transport. trees came crashing down on to power lines which sparked a brush fire. tens of thousands of homes are without power at one point. now, it looks like the severe weather maker has shifted toward this area. so nice conditions has returned to sydney. however, the next system is on its way. that's going to affect the southeastern part. such as tasmania and victoria. so another round of windy conditions are possible going into your wednesday. now, up into north america, we are seeing drenching rain across the eastern half of the u.s. and dry weather across the west. particularly dry across the northwest. more wildfires could occur, unfortunately, due to gusty winds and also dry thunderstorms here. now, talking about quite heavy
rain across the east. lots of rain is coming up from the plains into the mid-atlantic region at this moment. as we go into tuesday, heavy rain will return across the deep south and eastern seaboard including washington, d.c., and new york city. that could impact your morning commute. temperatures are going to be cooling down slightly across the east. 28 degrees for you in washington, d.c., and 26 degrees in new york city. excuse me, 28 degrees for new york city as well. finally in europe, lsevere weather is battling many areas, but areas like denmark, northern germany, nice conditions will return. and you can see some nice conditions in some places. this is the picture coming out of denmark yesterday. and if you are living in the southern parts of the continent, you could be seeing another sky show, that's the meteor show tonight, because of sunny skies and clear skies at night. temperatures will be quite mild in many places but very hot
before we wrap up, russian military commanders have launched a sporting event with a difference. competitors raced armored vehicles while shooting at targets. they're calling it the tank biathlon. organizers modeled the event on the traditional biathlon, where target cross country skis then shoot rifles. tanks from russia, belarus, and armenia turned up at a muddy track outside moscow to compete. >> translator: spectators can watch not just a show, but a
competition between real men in real tanks. >> russian leaders angered their u.s. counterparts earlier this month when they granted temporary asylum to u.s. fugitive edward snowden. russian reporters say u.s. commanders have accepted an invitation to join the competition next year. and that's all for now on "newsline." we'll be back at the top of the hour. thank you for watching.
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