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Web-only Exclusives
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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NETTING A BRIDE SINGAPORE’S favorite footballer, Fandi Ahmad, 34, plays to win. But it wasn’t easy gaining the hand of 22-year-old South African model Wendy Jacobs. The star athlete first saw Jacobs at the May 1994 wedding of fashion photographer Wee Khim. Though Wee told him “to forget it, man” when Fandi asked to be introduced, he pursued her as doggedly as he would a ball across a field. It took more than two years, but on Dec. 5 Jacobs, whose father is a Singapore-based executive, became Fandi’s wife, converting to Islam and taking the name Nur Sarah Abdullah. In his speech to family and friends at the wedding reception, Fandi said triumphantly: “I fight to the end.”

FROM ONE SCANDAL. . . Last year, as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, one of India’s poorest states, former film actress Jayalalitha Jayaram, 49, reportedly spent millions of dollars on a wedding for her foster son. Long before that lavish occasion, many Indians believed that she had amassed a vast fortune through illegal means. Could they have been right? Last week she was charged in connection with a $2.4 million scandal involving the purchase of TV sets for villagers, the seventh corruption case against her. A loser in the May election, she is currently under detention.

. . .TO ANOTHER Tokyo has launched a crackdown on corruption and Japan’s bu-reaucrats are running scared. On Dec. 4, police arrested former deputy health minister Okamitsu Nobuharu on charges of receiving some $530,000 in bribes from a nursing home developer. The scandal, which forced Okamitsu, 57, to resign, appears to be just the tip of an iceberg. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry has found that 46 of its officials had links to an Osaka oil trader arrested for tax evasion. Among them is the vice-minister, Makino Tsutomu. His punishment:no salary for two months.

INCHARGE? Kim Jong Il may be finally preparing to assume the top government and party posts in North Korea. The normally reclusive Kim, 54, has recently been making in-creasingly frequent public appearances, taken as signs that he is in firm control. Korea watchers expect Kim to officially take the title of president or head of the Korean Workers Party next summer. One reason for the timing: Seoul will elect a new president by February 1998, and Kim would probably want to be formally installed long before that.


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