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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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MARCH 17, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 10

Cutting Edge

Cover: Stock Options
Still relatively rare in Asia, companies are likely to start giving employees equity as an incentive to work better and stick with the job. Thank the Internet
• Glossary: A quick guide to cashless collars and other terms
• Japanese Dream: It isn't hip to be a salaryman

Asiaweek Salaries Survey 2000
Jobs in the region and how much they pay

Taiwan: The race for president is too close to call. Whoever wins, the island and its relations with Beijing will never be the same
• Interview: Chen Shui-bian does not want war with China
• Black Gold: Of gangsters, vote-buying and political corruption
• Geopolitics: The influence of Taiwan's brand of democracy
Thailand: What the Senate election means for political reform
Malaysia: Behind a debate on special privileges for Malays
East Timor: Why Falantil members are now rebels without a cause
Viewpoint: Vajpayee masks the fundamentalist threat

The Net: A geek summit in Taiwan
Computing: Hong Kong's hidden software industry
Cutting Edge: Simulating real life

Cash: With $1 billion, San Miguel goes shopping
Marketing: Notebooks as status symbols in Asia
Interview: Krung Thai Bank head says changes are coming
Investing: Mining resource stocks for profit

People: A*Mei drops pop for the classics
Entertainment: The hot spot for survival docu-dramas
Health: Protecting against Alzheimer's disease
Newsmakers: Zhu Rongji lays down the line
Looking Back: Mourning South Korea's President Park

Get A Simulated Life
There are those of us who have difficulty enough trying to control our own lives. For the rest of you, there's The Sims, a new game for the PC that lets you take control of the lives of others. Dreamed up by the maker of the popular SimCity, in which you had to build and run an entire metropolis, The Sims is like Tamagotchi run wild. Create and care for your own virtual family perfect in every detail except one: they are incapable of looking after themselves. Every detail of your Sims lives, no matter how trivial, is your responsibility. Choose careers for them, find them friends, build, decorate and furnish their home. And then watch as they get the sack, insult the neighbors and burn their own house down.

Download Power To The People
The Internet may show up as one big legal gray area on the Chinese government's radar screen, but Beijing is doing something to tidy up the law on a subject that's still amorphous in the world's most advanced webocracies: the status of downloadable MP3 music. Currently it's legal to use MP3 files and players on the mainland, but any song posted on a Chinese website needs to be approved by the Ministry of Culture. That complicated process is to be made easier through a partnership between the ministry and Houston InterWeb Design of the U.S., which will create Beijing Artists Online, an officially sanctioned site for MP3 downloads. An English site, showcasing 500 years of Chinese music, will go online in two months, with a Chinese version to follow. Eventually individual musicians will be able to add their songs to the website. InterWeb's software will let censors approve and upload 2,000 songs a day - and instantly yank tracks they later take a dislike to.

Cross My Palm With Color
The missing link in the Palm Computing family is finally here. The Palm IIIc, the first of the popular handhelds to boast a color screen, has a 256-shade palette - and $449 price tag. For that hefty fee (a full $300 more than an entry level, monochrome, Palm III) you get your batteries drained in one-third the time and the chance to swap your shades of gray for, er, blue writing on a white screen. If you play games, review photos or read maps on your Palm, color may be a help, and fuller use of the IIIc's screen will be made as websites and software developers take advantage of its capabilities. Until then, the greatest advantage of the IIIc for the average user is that, unlike its plainer siblings, the laptop-like color screen is easy to read in low light. Of course, bright sunlight is an entirely different story.

Blink: Don't Miss It
With Web-based e-mail you can get to your inbox from any computer in the world. Now a website called Blink can do the same for your bookmarks. Sign up for free at www. and then simply click to upload your favorite sites or bookmark list from your browser and they will be accessible from anywhere over the Net. One caveat: Blink is making a hokey play to become a search engine of "hand-picked" bookmarks. The privacy conscious may want to un-check options that allow others to view your list of favorite sites and personal profile.

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