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November 30, 2000

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MARCH 3, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 8

Newsmakers
Birthday Wish

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Cover: The Scapegoat?
Blamed for the riots surrounding the fall of Suharto, controversial ex-general Prabowo Subianto tells his story
- Investigation: No single "mastermind" was behind the May 1998 turmoil. There were many players, and many plots
- Insight: Re-examining Prabowo's record in East Timor
- Insider: How the general and son-in-law benefited - and was compromised - by being part of the First Family

Editorial: The Internet is the most compelling agent of economic reform
Editorial: A good year for Kim Jong Il - but watch out

Malaysia: The real campaign for national leadership heats up
- Anwar: A decision on Mahathir's testimony is put off again
- Shadows: A play looks at Malaysia's troubled political soul

Hong Kong: The former colony is starting to trust the motherland

Taiwan: Beijing demands unification talks - or else

Japan: Obuchi raises (but doesn't fire) the starting gun for polls

Cambodia: A culture of violence and impunity undermines justice

Fashion: The spirited new styles suit Asia's mood
- Accessories: The rule is - there is no rule
- Menswear: Casual, chic - and inspired by womenswear
- Kenzo: The Japanese couturier bids farewell to the catwalk

Tom.com: Investors rush for a piece of a Hong Kong company with no history, few employees and lots of hype

Kosdaq: Korea's over-the-counter stock market soars

Scandal: Can Manila recover from the BW Resources fiasco?

Investing: Betting on the New India

The Net:
The freebie formula gets tested in Singapore

Cutting Edge: A keyboard you can fit on your Palm

Newsmakers: Japan's crown prince vents his anger

Viewpoint: To fight corruption, reform China's politics
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It's his party, and he'll criticize whoever he wants to. Celebrating his 40th birthday on Feb. 23, Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito launched a rare royal attack on the nation's media for its frenzied coverage of Crown Princess Masako's brief pregnancy and miscarriage in December. Hopes for an heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne soared with news that Masako was pregnant for the first time after six years of marriage. Naruhito labeled the media's actions - which included staking out the royal palace and following Masako by helicopter - as "truly deplorable." The prince's birthday also highlights Japan's succession crisis: with no sign of a bouncing baby boy, there is growing speculation that the males-only succession law may have to go. And after all, according to Japanese legend, the royal family is descended not from a god, but a goddess, the sun deity Amaterasu.

Jiang Zemin's Guangdong 'To-Do List'
1) When visiting the southern coastal province, exhort regional leaders to overcome their notoriously corrupt practices like smuggling. 2) Sell them on the high-echelon changes coming at the National People's Congress in Beijing. 3) Don't forget to mention that Construction Minister Yu Zhengsheng will most likely be in charge of Guangdong after the NPC meets. 5) While you're down there, don't forget to check out the South China Sea fleet tied up in Zhanjiang. Or, for that matter, 5a) the SU-27 fighter base in Suixi county. 6) If there's time: Make a quick swing through Fujian province across the Strait from Taiwan. Those Taiwan elections (see THE NATIONS, page 20) can use all the sabre-rattling you can muster. 7) If you do get to Fujian, give those corruption-prosecution teams a pat on the back and tell them to keep (most of) the arrests coming.

And Then There Were Four
They're calling it February's Friday massacre. Lee Hoi Chang dumped nearly all of the senior politicians of his Grand National Party on Feb.18. Even venerable South Korean king-maker Kim Yoon Hwan, who helped Roh Tae Woo and Kim Young Sam win their presidencies, was given the boot. Also out are Kim Kwang Il, a close aide to ex-President Kim, Cho Soon, the ex-mayor of Seoul Lee pushed aside when he grabbed the GNP leadership, vice speaker of the National Assembly and the seven-term lawmaker Shin Sang Woo and veteran politician Lee Ki Taek. Most of those on the outs are looking to get back in by starting their own yet-to-be-named party. They'll have plenty of applicants for their rainbow coalition - those who failed to get nominations from the parties of Kim Dae Jung and Kim Jong Pil are also looking for an affiliation. For the record, the parties contesting the next election: President Kim's Millennium Democratic Party, the United Liberal Democrats (the MDP's junior coalition partner), Lee's Grand National Party and whatever the GNP's rejects (and friends) finally decide to call themselves.

Passage

DIED Liu Xugo, a 29-year-old factory worker, from lung injuries caused when a feeding tube was forced down his throat, at a re-education-through-labor camp in Jining, Shandong province, on Feb. 11. According to Hong Kong-based human rights group, Liu, a member of the Falungong meditation group, had started his hunger strike on Feb. 5. The detention center where Liu was held denied causing any injury; the hospital where he was taken for treatment declined to respond to questions from the press.

SETTING WHEELS IN MOTION Tsujiuchi Rieko, 25, became the first woman to drive one of Japan's famous "bullet trains" when she pulled the Nagoya-bound Kodama 453 superexpress out of Tokyo station at 10:33 a.m. on Feb. 16. Tsujiuchi and Sato Yuka, 23, completed Central Japan Railway's driver training course in May. CJR was one of the first companies to comply with the Labor Standard Law enacted in April 1999 that permitted women to work late night shifts.

RESIGNED Hong Yongshi, mayor of Xiamen, on Feb. 20, after admitting he "did not know quickly enough about the in-depth problems" in China's biggest-ever smuggling scandal. Hong retains his post as the port city's party secretary. Beijing dispatched a 400-member team of investigators to Xiamen last August after discovering a $10 billion smuggling racket.

APPOINTED Dileep Nair, as undersecretary-general at the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, by U.N. chief Kofi Annan, on Feb. 22. Nair, a banker, will be charged with rooting out mismanagement and fraud within the bureaucracy.


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