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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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Golden Harvest

CORN PRICES FELL BACK to their 1992-1995 average, due to bright worldwide crop prospects. Prices rose to an all-time high last July after dry weather in the U.S. substantially cut global output. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts American production will rise to 236m. tons in the year to Aug. 1997, up from 187m. last year. Output is forecast to increase to 250m. tons in 1998. The recent weather in the U.S. has been ideal for corn planting, and farmers may overrun their planned acreage. By mid-May, the planters' progress was far better than the recent five-year average. Earlier planting usually leads to better yields. Global output is expected to rise to 589m. tons in fiscal 1997 and 599m. the year after.

Source: Datastream

This edition's table of contents | Asiaweek home



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 at a cost

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

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