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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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OHTA KAORU, 86, JAPANESE labor union leader noted for organizing paralyzing strikes during the 1950s and 1960s, of prostate cancer in Tokyo on Sept. 24. Ohta headed Sohyo, a powerful national federation of unions. He pioneered "shunto" (spring struggle), a form of protest that led Japanese companies to award automatic annual wage hikes.


HARU REISCHAUER, 83, WIDOW of the late East Asia expert and U.S. ambassador to Japan Edwin Reischauer, died of a heart attack in California on Sept. 23. One of the grand-daughters of Matsukata Masayoshi, a liberal prime minister in the Meiji era, Haru hailed from Tokyo.


THE ARREST OF BANGLADESH writer TASLIMA NASRIN, 36, by a Dhaka court on Sept. 24. The directive was based on a 1994 warrant of arrest issued shortly before Nasrin fled Bangladesh to escape from extremists demanding her death for alleged blasphemy.


MONTRI PONGPANICH, LEADER OF Thailand's Social Action Party (SAP), on Sept. 29. Montri took responsibility for a corruption scandal in the Health Ministry that led to the resignations of two other party members in September. The SAP is a member of Thailand's ruling coalition. Montri said he would remain an MP but would no longer try to influence the direction of his party in its struggles to remain in the coalition.


MULAWI SHIHAB EDDIN, AFGHAN charge d'affaires in Saudi Arabia, for his government's refusal to hand over Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden, who is wanted for alleged terrorist attacks in the country. Eddin left Riyadh on Sept. 24, saying his expulsion was linked to the Taliban's support for bin Laden.


TERMCHAI PINYAWATANA, PIN CHAKKAPHAK and SAMRAN KANOKWATTANAWAN, executives of the now-defunct Finance One Company, by the Bank of Thailand Sept. 29. They were blamed for allegedly approving loans exceeding 2.1 billion baht ($51.5 million) without collateral to two firms closely related to Finance One Company.

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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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