State media in China say there has been a worrying increase in the rate of birth defects in the country. The China Daily quoted a senior family planning official as saying that environmental pollution was partly to blame. The paper said a Chinese baby with physical defects was born every 30 seconds, adding up to almost seven percent of all births. The report said North China's coal-rich Shanxi province, which has a large chemical industry, has recorded the highest rate of birth defects.
Japan PM promises aid to Asian countries
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1 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, promised $17 billion in aid to poorer Asian countries. ...
Japan PM faces political storm after Davos
TOKYO (AFP) — Japan's embattled Prime Minister Taro Aso on Sunday prepared for tough questioning in parliament over the ailing economy and upcoming polls as ...