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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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IN THIS ELECTION, IT SEEMED AS IF EVERY OTHER RACE FEATURED A SCREEN IDOL, A SOCIALITE OR THE RELATIVE OF SOMEBODY FAMOUS. But simple celebrity, it turned out, was no guarantee of victory. Among those who fizzled at the ballot box was ROSEMARIE "BABY" ARENAS, a prominent party-giver and former close-close friend of President Fidel Ramos. Running as an oppositionist, she came well down the list in her first try for the Senate. The Bruce Willis of Philippine moviedom, ROBIN PADILLA, failed to persuade voters he should play the role of vice-governor of Nueva Ecija province, although three other action stars did well. In neighboring Pampanga, Lito Lapid trounced his opponent for governor. Ramon "Bong" Revila Jr. and Rey Malonzo both won races near Metro Manila. The capital liked entertainers, too: comedian Joey Marquez became mayor of Para–aque and 27-year-old actor Herbert Bautista took the vice-mayorship of Quezon City. Still, actress Sharon Cuneta's mom, ELAINE CUNETA, couldn't reflect enough star-shine to become a congresswoman in Pasay City. Around the country there was a longer line of losers: singer Imelda Papin, actor Romeo Vasquez, comedian BERT "TAWA" MARCELO, and at least 18 other showbiz personalities.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel ģ at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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