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29 июня 2011, 01:21

Picture of the Day › Yakitori to go

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A worker takes an order at Sagamiya yakitori stand in Yokosuka. Everything is only 70 yen per stick.

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29 июня 2011, 01:17

Technology › Google unveils latest social networking function

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Online search leader Google Inc is taking yet another stab at social networking, as it tries to go up against Facebook in this wildly popular and lucrative segment of the Internet. This time the project is called Google+ and it aims to make online sharing more like real life. "We…

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29 июня 2011, 01:03

World › Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

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A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site from flames and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation's premier nuclear weapons…

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29 июня 2011, 01:00

Business › Venezuela gets $1.5 bil oil loan from Japanese banks

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Venezuela's state-run oil company has signed an agreement with Japanese banks to supply crude in exchange for a $1.5 billion loan, the government said Tuesday. Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said the loan will be provided by the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation and 10 other banks from Japan. The loan…

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29 июня 2011, 01:00

World › 46 hurt in clashes on eve of key Greek vote

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Hours of rioting outside Greece's parliament left 46 people injured Tuesday, on the eve of a vote by lawmakers to adopt more painful austerity measures -- a condition for bailout funds needed to prevent a potentially disastrous default. At least 14 people were arrested, authorities said, as youths clashed with…

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29 июня 2011, 01:00

Executive Impact › Compass Offices

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Nowadays, for many start-up companies, serviced offices are a much more practical option than dealing with all the hassles of trying to rent an office. One of the newest serviced office providers in Japan is Hong Kong-based Compass Offices, which opened its first business center in Tokyo’s Toranomon area on…

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29 июня 2011, 01:00

National › 5 perish in house fire in Kurashiki

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Five people including three children were found dead Tuesday morning following a fire that broke out in a three-story house in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, police said. The bodies have yet to be identified but five residents of the house -- Makoto Tsunobe, 39, his wife and their three children --…

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29 июня 2011, 00:59

Technology › DrCrop social photo montage app launched

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Cybozu StartUps Inc, a subsidiary company of Cybozu, Inc, has released DrCrop Lite, the social photo montage application, at iPhone App Store, pioneering new sense of humor in the market of Social Photo Applications from Japan. With the DrCrop Smartphone app, users can create their original photo montages with their…

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29 июня 2011, 00:38

Commentary › Fukushima's cesium spew - deadly catch-22s

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For those most focused on Fukushima's human toll, there are several main sources of concern: the continuing radiation menace in the region's fields, crops and seafood; and TEPCO's recent admission that its reactors won't be under control until 2012 at best. These offer critical reminders that radioactive cesium is now…

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29 июня 2011, 00:30

National › Japan ranks 4th in OECD survey of digital literacy

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Japan ranks fourth, trailing South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, in a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to test how 15-year-olds use computers and the Internet to learn, according to an announcement by the organization Tuesday. Around 37,000 students from 19 countries and regions participated…

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29 июня 2011, 00:00

Entertainment › 'Jin' finale ratings beat original

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The June 26 finale of TBS' time-travel drama "Jin," a follow-up series to the original which was shown in 2009, achieved ratings of 26.1%, according to Video Research Ltd. By surpassing the 25% mark, the series has beaten the original, whose 2009 finale achieved 25.3%. The new series also beat…