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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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KATSU SHINTARO, 65, STAR of the popular Zatoichi (Story of Blind Ichi) movie series; of cancer; in Kashiwa, Chiba prefecture, Japan; June 21. Born Toshio Okumura, Katsu was as well known for his troubled life off-stage as for his on-screen portrayals.


WINAI LA-ONGSUWAN, 46, FORMER Thai Buddhist monk; in Federal Court in San Diego, California; June 19. Also known as Phra Yantra, Winai was defrocked after being accused of having sex with female followers. The court refused to extradite him, citing possible human rights violations in Thailand.


LALOO PRASAD YADAV, 48, president of Janata Dal, one of the members of India's coalition government; for conspiracy and dereliction of duty; in Patna; June 23. Yadav and 55 other politicians are charged with the theft of $138 million in a 1980s-1990s cattle feed scam.


MIR AIMAL KANSI, 33, alleged killer of two CIA employees in the U.S. in 1993; to the U.S. from Pakistan; June 17. Kansi was grabbed by U.S. agents with the help of Afghan expatriates. The move is being legally challenged in Pakistan.


DICKSON POON, 40, HONG Kong entrepreneur; France's Legion d'Honneur; by President Jacques Chirac; June 16; in Paris. Poon heads Dickson Concepts (International), which retails French luxury brands such as Hermes and Guy Laroche.


OBA MITSURO, 44, JAPANESE adventurer; across the frozen Arctic Ocean; June 24. Oba is the first person to complete the four-month, 1,730-km walk. He lost all of his toes to frostbite in his first attempt two years ago.

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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 at a cost

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

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