tokyo. welcome to nhk world "newsline," i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of the stories we're following this hour. a japanese government panel has approved draft rules on a controversial. they'll listed 55 categories of information that will qualify as special state secrets. the hour of truce between israeli forces and hamas militants is over. attention is focussed on whether it will lead to a long-term
cease-fire. and the taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on kabul international airport. a major base for nato-led forces. japanese leaders are putting the pieces in place as they prepare to implement a state secrecy law. it gives the government the authority to designate certain information as special secrets. legislatures passed the law in december and now members of a government panel have approved a set of rules for classifying information. nhk world's tomoku kamata has more. >> reporter: the draft released by members of the panel lists 55 types of information that qualify as state secrets. they include classified information provided by foreign governments and information gained through the self-defense forces. information gathering and surveillance activities. data on the capabilities of submarines and aircraft and how they are used would also be secret.
and so would certain information gathered using radio waves and satellites. >> translator: the draft contains an approach and system for the laws appropriate for the application and i believe it will allow administrative offices to deal with secrets objectively and transparently. >> reporter: and it says government officials will respect the importance of the freedom of the press. it says only the heads of 19 administrative agencies will have the power to classify information. they include the foreign and defense ministers. the draft says officials must first gain security clearance. that process will include an examination of their criminal and financial records. but it says, the government will respect the privacy and will not
scrutinize their beliefs, political activities or involvement with labor unions. the details of the draft -- the authors of the draft are planning for a system of checks and balances. they're calling for the creation of two bodies within the cabinet office to determine whether information has been classified appropriately. the people in charge of those bodies would be authorized to demand documentation on secret information from the heads of ministries and agencies. and they will be able to declassify any information if they think it does not merit protection. experts are divided on the draft's contents. >> translator: there was no active discussion about the issue of secrets for a long time. so there weren't any firm rules or systems for dealing with them.
but we've held many discussions on the issue, and gradually developed a proper set of rules. and i think they meet global standards. >> translator: this is the first time for japan to have this type of law. once it goes into effect, some parts may be deleted and others may be added. my concern is that the legal framework for the law is quite vague. >> reporter: people outside japan have also voiced concern. members of the u.n. human rights committee say japanese leaders must make sure the law does not infringe on people's right to know. protesters rallied in front of the cabinet office as panel members met. they were demanding more transparency. >> translator: even today's meeting was not open to the
public. and i think openness is a fundamental issue. >> reporter: the law is set to take effect before the end of the year. but japanese leaders have yet to convince some members of the public that it's needed. tomoko kamata, nhk world. the temporary truce between israeli forces and hamas militants has ended. they suspended fighting to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid to gaza as requested by the united nations. the two sides have been carrying out cross-border attacks for more than a week. palestinians took advantage of the fire-hour truce. many gathered outside a bank hoping to withdraw money in gaza city. some said they were worried about their safety. still one man said he was glad to have a chance to get out. >> translator: the cease-fire is very good.
we can go everywhere without the cease-fire, you wouldn't see me here today, because i'm so scared. they targeted the young and the old. the israelis can do anything they want. no -- >> people rushed to markets to buy food and supply. many palestinians are staying in united nation run schools to escape israeli raids on the islamic group hamas. >> translator: we sleep on blankets on the floor and cover ourselves with our clothes. children are now suffering from diarrhea and are throwing up. >> aide workers are concerned about hygiene at some facilities along with the availability of clean drinking water and food. for the past ten days israeli forces have been hitting what they call terror targets in gaza. the territory hamas controls. hamas fighters have fired hundreds of rockets at israel. israeli troops shoot down most of them with their so-called iron dome aerial defense system.
the conflict has left more than 220 palestinians and one israeli deadp. hamas leaders and others have criticized israelis for killing civilians. militants armed with rocket propelled grenades have attacked the international airport in the afghan capital kabul. they held a fierce gun battle with local security forces. we go to dhra dhirakaosal in bangkok for more on this terror. dhra, what's the latest? >> hi, gene. the taliban has issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. it raises serious concerns over the government's ability to maintain security after the scheduled pullout of foreign combat troops by the end of this year. nhk world reports.
>> reporter: rang through kabul airport thursday morning. militants seize a building under construction about 600 meters from the terminal compound. they were shooting at the bases of international forces on the north side of the airport. >> translator: the attacks started with rockets being fired toward the airport. then foreign and afghan forces started shooting from the buildings and a car caught fire and exploded. >> reporter: the gun battle lasted for four and a half hours. security authorities said all five members of the militant group either died in the shooting or detonated suicide bombs. there were no reports of casualties among security forces or civilians. the airport was temporarily closed, but has reopened. security in afghanistan has been worsening, with increasing terrorist attacks and violence. on tuesday, a car bomb exploded in the crowded market in the
southeastern province of packty ka. more than 40 people including children were killed or injured. it was the deadliest attack in the country this year. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon issued a statement on tuesday condemning the attack. he said, such attacks directed against civilians, including children, are serious violations of international humanitarian law. a suspected motive for the assault involves afghanistan's presidential runoff election. the vote -- with fraud. ballots are being kept ats the airport. maski sada, nhk world, kabul. people on a philippine island are remembering a former japanese soldier who hid in the jungle for three decades.
he believed the war was still going on. he died in january this year at the age of 91. now efforts are under way to share his life stories and experiences. nhk world reports. >> reporter: in 1974, a japanese soldier emerged from the jungle. hiro had managed to survive on his own. he remained hiding in the jungle on the grounds that the officer had not ordered him to stop fighting. his story of survival is alive today. local guides have been giving tours of what they call to honor the trail. 19 trained guides explain to tourists and local young people what the former soldier's life was like. one of the guides, he says he
once even bumped into him while he was still living in the jungle. >> translator: i stumbled across him under that mango tree. our eyes met, but he immediately ran away. >> reporter: the tour includes a stop at the cave that he used for shelter. >> translator: onada even cooked in here. to escape detection, he minimized his use of fire. and left no traces of the animals he ate. >> reporter: the guides tell some extraordinary stories about onada. he never bathed out of fear of being detected while in the water. for his three decades in the
jungle he went to pains to make sure his drinking water was clean. >> the life there in the jungle would be very difficult, it would be very, very dangerous to live here alone. >> reporter: the soldier's presence didn't go unnoticed. sometimes he attacked people to secure surprise. he was even involved in a gun fight with police officers. the people of lubang were afraid of onada. in 1996, onada returned. he met with the residents he once terrorized and contributed money for local education. gradually the former holdout's image began to change. a local newspaper carried a photo of onoda hugging a man he had once shot. residents started to blame war instead of onoda for their
>> translator: it brought home to me the importance of peace. war is not a good thing. >> translator: this place is a symbol of peace. we need to preserve the jungle that was once home to onoda and other japanese soldiers. >> reporter: for decades onoda kept fighting his own war deep in the jungle of lubang. the unchanged landscape appears to tell us the value of peace. nhk world, lubang, philippines. >> and that wraps up our bulletin. i'm dhra dhirakaosal in bangkok. >> dhra, thanks. emerging economic powers still struggling with poverty. embolden citizens still demanding democracy, the threat of violence, the push for peace, the shadow of conflict, get news
and insight on south and southeast asia, every weekday, live from bangkok, only on nhk world "newsline." japanese prime minister shinzo abe is trying to improve relations with south korea. he said once again he wants to hold summit talks with president park geun-hye. abe met a visiting group of media executives and shared his views on bilateral ties. >> translator: some difficult problems exist between japan and south korea. that's precisely why i believe we should have a frank exchange of views. >> abe said the two countries share strategic interests and he would like to develop their relationship further. song hee-yong is editor and chief of the daily newspaper chosun ilbo. he said his time in tokyo showed japanese want to build better relations and hoped the visit by
south korean media chiefs would be a starting point. the japanese government plans to allow a company to export missile components. the move would be the first under recently eased rules on defense related exports. mitsubishi heavy industries manufacturers the related technology under license by raytheon of the united states, the japanese government made the decision after making a request from raytheon. the company asked mitsubishi to export the u.s. -- to the u.s. some parts of the pac 2 interceptor missile the japanese company manufacturers. until recently japan prohibited its companies from exporting weapons except in some limited cases. in april the cabinet approved new rules to ease the government's defense equipment transfer principles. the new policy requires an importing company to obtain approval from tokyo if the company wants to transfer defense related technology to third countries. but in this case the government decided that raytheon doesn't
need that prior approval because it holds the license for the technology to be exported. in a related development the government will also formally decide to work with britain to develop missile technology that detects and tracks targets. the technology is expected to be used on f-35 fighter jets. tokyo police have arrested a system engineer on suspicion of stealing customer data from distance learning company benesse. investigators suspect masaomi matsuzaki illegally copied information on more than 10 million people. investigators say he admitted to copying names, addresses, and birth dates of customers he confessed to selling it to a nameless broker for about $25,000. the information is believed to have been resold to other brokers. a competitor bought information on about 2.6 million people and
mailed them directly. the top executive of benesse group announced they will put aside about $200 million to compensate customers. >> translator: a panel of outside experts will probe how it happened and how we can prevent another similar case. we will fully cooperate with the investigative authorities. >> he apologized to economy trade and industry minister. motagi said it is regrettable. benesse took more than half a year to notice the leak. time now for sumo the big men are grappling for glory at their july tournament. our commentator is here with the latest on the action. >> hi, gene. good to be back. now first i'm going to ask you a question, do you remember who won the last tournament back in may? >> the strong guy, i believe. >> exactly. the reason i ask, he's the
center of attention again. >> all right. >> 29-year-old grand champion hakaho is aiming to win his 30th top division championship. something only two rekey she have ever done. this week he picked up where he left off in the previous competition. racking up victory and he's 5-0. he wants to get his 30th title as quickly as he can and he can zero in on overtaking 31 titles and the all-time record of 32 cup division championships. the way he's fighting these days, i would say nothing is going to stop him. to keep the championship race exciting, other two grand champions also need to perform at a level expected of them. ha hamfuji was beaten on day four.
his opponent baffled him from start to finish with quick aggressive offense. it was his fourth straight loss. hamfuji did bounce back and win on day five. he's now at 4-1. coming off an embarrassing 9-6 record in the previous competition so he's determined to redeem himself. the highlight match of day five pitted up and coming egyptian osunarashi. kakari takes the egyptian to the edge. with a strong upper body throw. osunarshi beats him in the first attempt. finally a word on ikio whom we featured last week.
simply put his first five days haven't turned out the way he had hoped for, but still, things are looking up for the rank fighter. during his first five days ikioi had a dreadful schedule. he lost to his idol on day three, but ikioi did manage to put up a fight, a sign he's improving. he's winless at 0-5. let's see how he regroups and finds daylight. and that sums up the first five days of the 15-day competition. i'll come back next week to let you know whoses a in the hunt for the empress cup. see you then.
typhoon ramassun has its sights set on southern china. our meteorologist robert speta is here with details. >> we're continuing to watch this storm today after it rolled over the philippines here on tuesday and into wednesday. just brought the destructive weather all the way from southern luzon, northern portions of ver sigh as, through manila this morning. actually here's some photos coming out of the kavite area, showing what happened on wednesday. the very high winds, upwards of about 120 kilometers per hour, still here on thursday. much of manila continues to remain without power and the death toll climbs upwards of 38 at this time. so hopefully we start to get some good news. as far as the weather is concerned, it is improving back towards the philippines. but what we see on the visible satellite, imagery, this is what you see from space, this storm system is intensifying. a very defined eyewall starting to set back up on this. eye right in the center of circulation. that's starting to become more apparent as well. at least at this time, not as
strong as before this made landfall into the philippines, but still packing quite a punch, 144, gusting up to 198 kilometers per hour. still strakking off to the northwest. northern portions of hainan is really the area that's going to take the brunt of the storm system by friday afternoon into the evening hours with the typhoon-strength winds and the rainfall. some areas could see as much as 300 to 400 millimeters as this storm system starts to push off. and off there towards the northwest. and then behind it, we're actually watching another tropical depression potentially could become a tropical storm. really want to keep a close eye on that. let's look at what's going on in india. i do want to talk about this. because we have our storm system, it's back here towards the east. but that is doing its part to also enhance the monsoon in the indochina peninsula and in northern india. you've been seeing some fairly persistent rainfall the past several days. actually the past several weeks now. we've got video coming out of this area.
where the showers have been continuing to come down and it's really rising water levels in northern portions of india. you can see right there, some of the floodwaters coming up. officials are on high alert with heavy rains that have doused the area in some locations, making it quite dangerous. residents in low-lying areas are being evacuated because those locations, the locations that are prone to flooding. and this is the same area actually if you remember last year, about 6,000 people perished because of the floods. i don't think this is going to be as bad, but still looking at the forecast, more showers are going to continue out here. and even back towards the east, still seeing the showers in the indochina peninsula. let's look at europe now. high pressure dominating the west out here. making things very warm and dry in the iberian peninsula. things will change up. we have a new low coming in from the west, combined with the upper-level jet, it will spark up some thunderstorms. and some of them could become severe. the worst of it being in western portions of france, southern portions of the uk. this area here, could you see
some damaging winds and even large hail. meanwhile, back towards the east, this stubborn low pushing across the balkan peninsula has been bringing some severe weather all week. actually on wednesday and tuesday, we saw reports of tornadoes out here. that threat is still going to be lingering as we continue to look ahead. temperatures remaining on the hot side as well. in veena, rome, towards athens and also across the americas, i know all week we've been talking about the cool down, finally by the end of the week we're going to start to see those temperatures begin to rebound. here's your extended outlook.
the parade of 23 floats began on thursday morning. the gion festival dates back more than a thousand years to a ritual people had for driving off disease. this year's parade is divided into two days for the first time in 49 years. the second parade will be held next week. spectators cheered when large floats made 90-degree turns at crossings, the sharp turn is carried out by a team of about 50 people. >> translator: it's my first time to see it. the floats are bigger than i expected. >> translator: i can't imagine kyoto without this festival. i'm looking forward to the latter parade as well.