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Astel Tokyo Corp., a Tokyo-based personal handy-phone system (PHS) company, selected Ken Kitazono, the former chairman of Tokyo Telemessage Inc., as its new president Friday amid continued difficulties to gain subscribers.

As a part of restructuring efforts, the company also reduced the number of board members from 17 to eight, Kitazono said. PHS companies are suffering from sluggish growth as competition in the industry intensifies and customers increasingly opt for mobile phones.

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