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orities in indonesia may be a step closer to understanding why an airasia passenger jet crashed into the java sea last month. navy divers have retrieved the plane's flight recorder. search and rescue authorities say they found the flight recorder under one of the plane's wings. the jet took off from the indonesian city of surabaya with
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162 people on board. it was heading to singapore. but disappeared from radar screens shortly after the pilot asked for permission to fly at a higher altitude. divers found the wreckage off kalimantan island. they've retrieved 48 bodies. indonesian transport authorities will analyze date from the flight recorder to pinpoint the cause of the crash. divers are still trying to retrieve the cockpit voice recorder. up to 1.6 million people marched through paris to mourn the 17 victims of the recent terrorist attacks. they displayed their resolution to unite beyond differences of race and religion in the face of terrorism. the rally began on sunday at the place de la republican eke square need the headquarters of the "charlie hebdo" satirical weekly the site of wednesday's
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deadly assault. staff of the magazine relatives of the victims, and people from a variety of political, racial and religious backgrounds joined the rally. they marched for three kilometers. >> translator: we have to show terrorists we are stronger than them and don't have to resort to using weapons. we should have confidence and we won't give it up. >> translator: freedom is glorious so we can't hide it. it's the most important thing. >> leaders from over 40 countries and the international organizations joined french president francois hollande to lead the march. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas set aside their usual hostility to take part in the rally. the interior ministry estimated the turnout may have reached 1.6 million. french media called the demonstration historic. they said the last turnout of
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this scale was at the liberation of paris from nazi germany in 1944. similar marches took place elsewhere in france, includeing marseille and lyon. the total number of participants nationwide is expected to top 3.7 million. no major incident occurred at the rallies. more than 5,000 police officers and soldiers were on guard. anti-terrorism security remains at the highest level in the country. an online video has shown what appears to be the gunman who took hostages at a grocery in eastern paris. the clip appeared on a video sharing website on sunday. 32-year-old amedy coulibaly killed four hostages at the deli. he was later killed by security forces. the man in the video claims he's a fighter from the islamic state militant group. he says he's coordinating with the two gunmen who attacked the "charlie hebdo."
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>> he says the three men have done things together to achieve more impact. the man says one cannot attack and not expect retribution. his comments suggest his attack was in retaliation for military action by france and other western nations against islamic state targets. the video's believed to have been filmed with the intention for release after the terrorist attack. french prosecutors suspect coulibaly is also responsible for a shooting that took place two days before the hostage taking. the prosecutors say he may have shot a man who was jogging in a paris suburb. the victim was seriously injured in the back and arm. the prosecutors say five bullet cartridges found at the site match the gun coulibaly used in the supermarket attack. the shooting occurred wednesday.
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two days later, he stormed the kosher market. members of islamic state are trying to expand their campaign of radicalizing youth. reportedly they've already recruited more than 15,000 people from over 80 countries. but they're finding it easiest to target tunisians who make up the majority of the extremist group's new fighters. nhk world reports. >> reporter: people in tunis take to the streets to protest the islamic state militant group and to demand the return of their sons. >> translator: where have our children gone? >> translator: the people who recruited our children should be brought to justice. >> reporter: a four-hour drive from tunis, 27 young people have
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left the town to join the radical group. naja's twin brothers khalid and waleed are among those who have enlisted. >> translator: they had dreamed of graduating from college and starting families. just like other young people. >> reporter: after the emergence of the arab spring four years ago khalid was full of hope. he was expecting people's lives to improve once the dictatorship had been overthrown. but there was no improvement. the unemployment rate for young people has grown to almost 30%. there are no jobs even for university graduates. khaled started going to the mosque frequently, then two years ago he disappeared. his family received a photograph
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a month later. it showed that khaled was fighting in the conflict in syria. soon, his twin brother waleed started to change, too. waleed was using facebook to communicate with someone who appeared to be an islamic state recruiter. the recruiter offered waleed a large amount of money to join the militant group. waleed disappeared last september. the family heard from him a month later. he said he was undergoing military training in libya, and waiting for the chance to go to syria. >> translator: it's not just my brothers. all the young people who have gone to join the islamic state are victims. it has exploited their weakness. >> reporter: the town's mosque is the radical group's biggest recruitment center. the radicals seized the mosque
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after the fall of tunisia's former regime. it has since been cooperating with the recruitment effort. najah says both of her younger brothers were radicalized at mosques. a local ngo has been studying why people are joining the militants. group members are discussing how to prevent further recruitment. >> translator: it's not easy to stop them being recruited. another problem is we don't have enough funds. >> reporter: two days after we spoke to najah she received word her brother waleed had died. a funeral was held with an empty casket, since the family did not expect his body to be returned. the family still has no news of khaled the other brother believed to be in syria.
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>> translator: i want the people who tricked and brainwashed my brother to receive god's judgment. >> reporter: there's growing fear that the militant group will continue to attract young people until local officials can rule out poverty, unemployment and other harmful factors. nhk world, tunis. south korean president park geun-hye says japan would need to change its stance before a summit could be realized between her and prime minister shinzo abe. park held her first news conference of the year in seoul on monday. >> translator: we will seek a new relationship with japan as the countries mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year.
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i hope this will create opportunity for the two nations to move toward a new era. >> park referred to the possibility of holding her first summit with abe, and noted that such talks in the past caused bilateral ties to worsen. the president says it is important for japan to change its position suggesting that tokyo has to make a compromise on the issue of those known as comfort women. park also touched upon ongoing working-level talks between the country's foreign ministries on the issue. she said that even if they could draw up a draft agreement, it would be meaningless if it failed to reflect public opinion. the indian ocean tsunami that struck a decade ago left many people dead. it also devastated the lives of those who survived. these included an indonesian brother and sister. just recently the teenagers have been reunited with their family in what seems to have
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been a miracle. nhk world francisca hanata reports. >> reporter: ari, who is 17 went missing after the tsunami. so did his sister, 14. >> translator: i'm happy. >> translator: i'm glad to have finally been reunited with my family. >> reporter: the tsunami slammed in to their hometown ten years ago. they lived along the coast of the indonesian province of aceh. the two siblings survived. after drifting to an island more than 200 kilometers away from home. they were rescued by a fisherman. and later, adopted by separate foster parents as orphans. the first of two miraculous events took place in july last year.
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this man is their uncle. he was sitting on a bench at this coffee shop. he says he spotted a girl who looked exactly like jannah. >> translator: i had goosebumps then. i knew she was jannah when i heard she had been orphaned by the tsunami. >> reporter: the other event occurred about half a month later. arifat ran away from home after being abused by his foster parents. he ended up homeless. a housewife says she was watching the tv news about jannah being reunited with her family. she saw a physical resemblance in the mother's face with that of a neighborhood boy. she took a photo of the mother from the tv. the next day she stopped the boy as he walked in front of her house, and showed him the picture.
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>> translator: he suddenly became quiet. stared at the picture. and said, this is my mom. >> reporter: this is the footage from that time. lana contacted the mother so the two could talk. >> reporter: smiles have returned to arif's face whose forehead is scarred from the abuse. after a decade the family has been reunited. >> translator: our kids have gotten big. we have a lot of catching up to do. >> reporter: the brother and sister have resumed their studies at a local elementary school. >> translator: i like school
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where i see my friends and teachers. i'd love to become a teacher. >> translator: it's fun to play with friends. i want to be a policeman some day. >> reporter: the tsunami upended the lives of arif and jannah. now the siblings are starting to live all over again. nhk world, aceh province, indonesia. japanese officials are planning to expand their crackdown on manmade hallucinogenic herbs. they say they will more than double the number of drug control officers. authorities refer to the substances as dangerous drugs. they are a mixture of herbs and
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chemicals with similar effects as illegal narcotics when consumed. the health ministry officials say they will increase the number of officers to 41 from the current 16. the officers are currently stationed in four regions. they conduct on-site investigations at locations where the drugs are bought and sold. the ministry officials plan to post officers in other regions, too. four certified pharmacists will be hired to improve inspections. officials blame the substances for more than 100 deaths across the country. at least 50 users died or were injured in traffic accidents. the officials say the dealers have been declining in number but have yet to be eliminated. rapidly evolving technology is making possible to identify people based on their body parts. japanese companies are driving innovation in the field. nhk world's mikiko suzuki takes
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a look at the front lines of identification technology. >> reporter: the most common means of identification are photo i.d. cards, and passwords. but the use of biometric data is making identification easier and more secure. some smartphones recognize the owner's fingerprint. last month japanese electronics maker hitachi unveiled this security gate. just a touch of the hand is enough to verify your identity. and you can walk through without even stopping. the system quickly recognizes people based on vein patterns in their fingers. it's a highly accurate means of identification, but past systems needed too much time to process data. this one can verify 70 people in just one minute.
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a 3-d scanner pinpoints the location of the hand. at the same time infrared lights scans veins in the hand. the system works regardless of the position and shape of the hand. >> translator: the system recognizes people based on their fingers so it's extremely accurate. we believe it could be used at the gates at train stations. >> reporter: japan is a leader in the field of vein recognition, as well as other forms of biometric identification. last year the u.s. national institute of standards and technology named japanese company nec as the developer of the world's most outstanding facial recognition technology. the company developed a system that compares scanned data with more than 3 million facial images per second. it's 99.7% accurate.
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this is a picture of me seven years ago. this photo data has already been registered in this computer. if a face matches a registered image, an identification number appears. now let's see how it works. oh, it recognizes me right away. the system recognizes faces, despite changes over time, and different facial expressions. this means it can match people with older images such as passport photos. people who have not been registered in the system are identified as unknown right on the spot. >> translator: the major selling point is the system's flexibility. it can recognize faces even if the angles change. people don't always look straight ahead. when they turn their heads, smile, or frown, their facial expressions change. >> reporter: the system not only pinpoints the location and angle of the face.
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it also recognizes detailed facial features such as the shape of the nose or mouth. the technology is already being used by immigration officials in hong kong and shenzhen southern china. at concert venues it quickly verifies tens of thousands of visitors registered to attend an event. the developers are working on making it possible to link scanned faces to personal data. they also plan to use facial recognition to make shopping easier. with these new advancements one day we may never have to worry about forgetting our passwords. mikiko suzuki, nhk world, tokyo. the people who run japan's shinkansen railway service are looking to raise the bar. they've seen their bullet train
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service set the pace in speed and safety for more than 50 years. and they're now looking to get passengers an even better experience while on board. >> reporter: just two months to go until these attendants will be serving customers for real. >> translator: you can't reach from the front, so serve sideways like this. >> reporter: the instructor used to work as a first class cabin attendant on international flights. now she trains shinkansen attendants. over 100 so far. she was born in cow dow wow, the final stop on the new shinkansen line. >> translator: i want the attendants to aim to take our level of service even higher. >> reporter: the new line will link tokyo with kanazawa in 2 1/2 hours. the trains are fitted with luxurious grand class cars. that's where the attendants will be working. a one-way ticket in grand class
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will be about $230. although food and drinks are included in the price, it's still almost twice as much as an ordinary ticket. these luxurious cars were first introduced four years ago on another bullet train line. the attendants welcome the passengers on board, serve them food and provide other amenities. takahashi has been in charge of all the service in grand class from the start. she's drawn up a manual based on her experience. it covers all details of the job from fares and running times to how to respond in the event of an accident. >> translator: i've been writing and rewriting this manual since the start. i wonder if it will ever be finished. >> reporter: the training will
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continue until the trains go into service in march. there's one thing takahashi makes sure her students remember. >> translator: smile. smile. you're not smiling enough. >> reporter: she understands that to provide competitive service the most important factor is for the attendants to smile. and create the atmosphere of traditional japanese hospitality. >> translator: the passengers will be looking at you the whole time so you shouldn't look too serious. you need to smile. >> translator: my good points and that makes me want to work even harder. >> translator: i scold you every day. i criticize you a lot, don't i? >> translator: yes, but sometimes you praise me, too. and that makes me very, very happy. >> translator: i just want to hear the passengers riding in
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the grand class cars say it was a great experience. that's my only goal. >> reporter: for takahashi, the hokuriku shinkansen is a hometown connection, offering luxury service with a smile. tokyo residents are experiencing calm weather. but people in northern japan are dealing with snow and frigid temperatures. our meteorologist sayaka mori joins us with more details. >> yes gene frigid air is blanketing many parts of japan causing low temperatures and also heavy sea-effect snow over the northwestern side of the country. in nagano you saw about 45 centimeters of snowfall in just 24 hours. because of the combination of the low temperatures and heavy snow, not just people but also monkeys are shivering. my meteorologist friend yumi took these pictures. monkeys are taking a hot spring
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and relaxing in the shiga highlands in nagano prefecture. very cute aren't they? unfortunately to say, snow will likely continue into tuesday morning, an additional 30 centimeters could fall into the next 24 hours. that is combined with stronger gusts, but as we go into tuesday afternoon, precipitation should be gone and calm weather will come back across the northwestern side of japan. so that's good news. now let's continue to talk about low temperatures. in winnipeg canada the current temperature is about minus 30 degrees celsius with windchill value of about minus 40 degrees. under such conditions frostbite could happen in a matter of minutes so very dangerous conditions are happening. the cold temperatures were caused by this high pressure system. this is driving very cold air from the arctic. the cold air is meeting with warm and juicy air from the gulf of mexico, creating a swath of precipitation, rain for the south, snow for the north, and in the middle freezing rainfall. we have ice storm warnings in place for the mid part of
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indiana. significant ice accumulation could happen so that could make for very very dangerous road conditions especially in the morning hours on tuesday. so please watch out as you drive. additional 40 centimeters of snow could fall in colorado and utah into your tuesday. now temperatures quite low, denver at zero degrees. that's 5 degrees lower than normal. very chilly, and winnipeg minus 20 degrees are expected on your monday afternoon hours. chicago minus 6 degrees. but finally temperatures will moderate as we go into the middle part of the week. winnipeg minus 7 degrees for the high on your wednesday. all right, across europe very gusty conditions will likely continue for the northern areas such as the british isles and the scandinavian peninsula, as you can see the lines are very very close to each other, strong winds will likely continue at least into thursday. and to the south, this low pressure system causing stormy conditions for turkey. if you remember last week turkey was hit by significant
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heavy snowfall. this one will likely become a rainmaker rather than a snowmaker. thunderstorms and gusty winds will likely prevail at least into your tuesday. now temperatures minus 8 in moscow, 3 degrees in kiev with snow on the menu. athens rainy weather on the menu and across the west double digit for the first day of the business week. finally over towards australia, asian cup, a soccer tournament, is taking place. the rain is moving in to the southeast coast where two matches are set on your tuesday. so heavy rain is in the menu along with gusty conditions. that could cause some stormy conditions across many areas such as canberra and sydney. that could affect the field conditions. all right that's all for now. here's your extended forecast.
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and that's "newsline" for this hour. i'm gene otani in tokyo.
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in a defiant march against terror. 17 people were killed last week in an attack on the capital. france is still at its highest possible security alert. some 10,000 forces are now on the street. and according egypt a 26 man arrested in a televised raid by police, looking for gays and a public bathhouse. also coming up for you america's car industry bounces back at the motor show in detroit. we will find out how carmakers are cashing in on the following


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