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Cities around the world prepared to cut off their left hands to display antiques from Beijing Listen
The Chief Executive Officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Duncan Pescod, says cities around the world would be prepared to cut off their left hands if they were allowed to display antiques from the Forbidden City in Beijing on a permanent basis. He dismissed suggestions from Oscar Ho, a former member of the Consultation Panel under the authority, that a plan to build a HK$3.5 billion museum to house the antiques at the arts hub was a “patriotic promotion”. Pescod tells Annemarie Evans that the display of the antiques would add “immeasurably” to the cultural district.
Concerns about overcrowding at Admiralty Station lingers on Listen
The MTR's long-awaited South Island Line has started operations, with driverless trains running between South Horizons in Ap Lei Chau and Admiralty Station. Some passengers described the new line as the best "Christmas and New Year present" because they can now avoid the notorious traffic jams at the Aberdeen Tunnel. The route also has stops at Lei Tung, Wong Chuk Hang and Ocean Park. Despite smooth operations, concerns persist that there could be serious congestion at the Admiralty terminus during the evening rush hours. RTHK’s reporter, Priscilla Ng, went to the South Island Line's platform in Admiralty Station during the evening rush hour to have a look, and spoke to Jim Gould.
Apology was not expected from Shinzo Abe Listen
The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has become the first leader of his country in more than half a century to visit the special memorial at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese raid on the US naval base in Hawaii in 1941 brought the United States into the Second World War. Abe said the horrors of war must never be repeated. While he expressed regret, there was no apology from him. RTHK's Tokyo correspondent, Julian Ryall, tells Annemarie Evans that was never a likely scenario.