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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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GEN. SUMITRO, 71, THE retired head of Indonesia's now-disbanded internal security command Kopkamtib; of a stroke; in Jakarta; May 10. The hard-headed military man was also known as a sharp social critic who lived under a political shadow for his lack of foresight in dealing with the tumult of the January 1974 student protests that swept Jakarta. Once dubbed "Indonesia's No. 2 Man," Sumitro was never afraid to criticize President Suharto or respond to arguments from political foes or students at the stream of seminars and public debates that filled his life after he retired from the military at age 47. Ironically, his death got scant notice amid the turmoil that swept Indonesia in the past week.

An unnamed bureaucrat at Japan's Ministry of Finance, 28, a suicide by hanging; in Tokyo; May 6. The young man, a team leader at the ministry's International Finance Bureau, is the fifth government official to take his life this year following revelations of improprieties at the ministry.


BISHOP ZENG JINGMU, 78, the Catholic prelate who was serving a three-year term for refusing to submit to the authority of China's government-sponsored church; around May 9. His release had been requested by three American clerics who toured China in February as guests of the government.


KIM SUN HONG, 66, the former head of troubled Kia Motors Corp; in Seoul; May 12. Kim's arrest was the result of a month-long government investigation into what caused South Korea's financial crisis last year. Kept in custody, Kim was charged with diverting $37 million in company funds to buy stock to keep Kia under his control.

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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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