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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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PASSAGE


DIED

JAMES WILSON ROUSE, 81, American philanthropist and visionary real-estate developer; of a degenerative disease; in Columbia, Maryland April 9. Rouse's main claim-to-fame was the first indoor shopping mall, built in Maryland in the 1950s. But he also helped revitalize America's downtowns, coining the term "urban renewal" in the process, by building "festival marketplaces" that combined shops with street entertainment. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's top civilian honor, in 1995.


KILLED

SAENGCHAI SOONTHORNWAT, 53, HEAD of the Mass Communications Organization of Thailand; by a gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle; in a Bangkok suburb April 11. Saengchai was known for his efforts to improve the efficiency of the state enterprise, which operates Channel 9 TV, nine radio stations and the Thai News Agency. But his restructuring of Channel 9 and new policies on leasing out radio slots may have pitted him against influential people in the music business, according to a close aide.


NAMED

MICKEY KANTOR, 56; AS U.S. Commerce Secretary; in Washington April 12. Kantor succeeds Ron Brown who died in a plane crash April 3. America's Trade Representative since 1993, Kantor helped push through two vital trade pacts, the NAFTA accord, and the GATT agreement that ushered in the World Trade Organization, both that same year. He gained a name as a tough trade cop by threatening sanctions against Japan, China and Europe, prompting some analysts to question Kantor's ability to make the switch to his new job as trade promoter. Charlene Barshefsky, 45, Kantor's deputy, will move into his shoes as U.S. Trade Representative.


RELEASED

PAUL AU WING CHEUNG, 32, a tour guide, and Wong Chuen Ming, 49, a factory worker; three days after the Philippines Supreme Court had quashed their life sentences for lack of evidence; from Muntinlupa Prison April 15. The Hong Kong men were arrested at Manila airport in 1991 for carrying over 30 kg of the amphetamine "ice." But they maintained the drugs belonged to nine Malaysians who were in a tourist group they had brought to Manila. Hong Kong governor Chris Patten raised their cases with Philippine President Fidel Ramos in December.


CHARGED

NEMI CHAND JAIN, 46, a.k.a. Hindu godman Chandraswami; with fraud; in New Delhi April 12. The controversial guru, who reportedly acts as spiritual adviser to Indian premier P.V. Narasimha Rao, was charged with cheating Indian businessman Lakhu Bhai Pathak of $100,000 in 1988. Jain had promised to use his political connections to secure pulp and paper supply contracts for Pathak, a Canadian resident. The Supreme Court has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to expedite various criminal cases against the godman, following allegations that the CBI had soft-pedaled on its investigations. He is also accused of sheltering an accomplice in the Bombay bomb blasts of 1993.

TANAKA YOSHIMI, 47, ONE-TIME member of the now-defunct extremist Red Army faction of Japan; with possessing $900,000 in counterfeit U.S. money; in Thailand's Chonburi province April 11. Tanaka was arrested in Cambodia near the border with Vietnam last month and sent to Thailand. Japanese police have requested his extradition after confirming that he is one of nine Red Army guerrillas who hijacked a Japan Airlines plane in 1970 before defecting to North Korea.


AWARDED


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