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Apr 02, 2013

Mobile carriers in rival OS bids

Mobile phone carriers NTT DoCoMo Inc. and KDDI Corp. are involved in separate international efforts to develop new smartphone systems aimed at taking on their rivals who control 90 percent of the global market. DoCoMo, Fujitsu Ltd., Britain’s Vodafone PLC and seven other companies ...

Miyagi opens first post-3/11 housing

Apr 02, 2013

Miyagi opens first post-3/11 housing

A ceremony was held Monday in Miyagi Prefecture to mark the completion of the first public housing units to be built after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In a ceremony held in the town of Yamamoto, Mayor Toshio Saito handed over the keys ...

Resurgent rubella raises fetus threat

| Apr 02, 2013

Resurgent rubella raises fetus threat

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The rubella epidemic is spreading quickly, particularly in the Kanto region. Usually limited to developing countries, the disease, also known as German measles, poses a threat to pregnant women as it can cause disorders in fetuses, including hearing impairments, cardiac disease and cataracts. Rubella ...

Fukuoka bans bike-riding on shopping street

Apr 02, 2013

Fukuoka bans bike-riding on shopping street

A crowded section of a popular Fukuoka shopping street is off-limits to bike riders during peak hours, with riders being asked to walk their bikes through the area. The municipal government designated the section Monday as the first no-rider zone in the country. The ...

U.S. Navy's carriers costly relics of the past?

Apr 02, 2013

U.S. Navy's carriers costly relics of the past?

Budget pressures at the Pentagon have renewed a debate about the value of the U.S. Navy’s giant aircraft carriers, with critics arguing the warships are fast becoming costly relics in a new era of warfare. With the Pentagon facing $500 billion in cuts over ...

Activists rally to protect remains of hated Berlin Wall

Apr 02, 2013

Activists rally to protect remains of hated Berlin Wall

The workers used the early morning darkness to obscure their secretive task: removing pieces of the longest-remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall. When the wall fell in 1989, Berlin’s residents were eager to clear away the hated divider as quickly as they could. Now ...

In China, anger grows over abuse of street vendors

| Apr 02, 2013

In China, anger grows over abuse of street vendors

In a country infamous for heavy-handed officials, the government employees who harass and sometimes beat and extort money from street vendors are among the most despised. Their official name is “chengguan” — literally, “city management” — but the word has become slang for someone ...

Apr 02, 2013

Land prices show signs of life

According to a March 21 report by the land, infrastructure and tourism ministry, as of Jan. 1 land prices are showing signs of stabilizing.

Apr 02, 2013

Exxon Mobil mops up large pipeline spill

Exxon Mobil said that one of its pipelines leaked “a few thousand” barrels of Canadian heavy crude oil near Mayflower, Arkansas, late Friday, prompting the evacuation of 22 homes and reinforcing concerns many critics have raised about the Keystone XL pipeline that is awaiting ...

Apr 02, 2013

Explosive greening in Arctic Circle predicted

Land within the Arctic Circle is likely to experience explosive greening in the next few decades as grass, shrubs and trees thrive in soil stripped of ice and permafrost by global warming, according to a new study. Wooded areas in the Arctic could increase ...

Gardening offers original ideas for repurposing goods

Apr 02, 2013

Gardening offers original ideas for repurposing goods

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Ruthie Mundell opens a door within the warehouse of the nonprofit thrift store known as Community Forklift and eagerly displays the donations of countless gardeners. Hoses, weed whackers, clay pots, axes and lawn mowers all form a silent testimony to hours of yardwork. What ...

Apr 02, 2013

Inui keeps Eintracht in contention

Japan midfielder Takashi Inui kept Eintracht Frankfurt in the hunt for a Champions League spot with his sixth goal of the season in a 3-2 away win to Greuther Furth on Sunday. In the 13th minute, with Frankfurt down 1-0 after Nikola Djurdjic struck ...