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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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By Alexandra A. Seno

Ask Viv

DESIGNER VIVIENNE TAM, BEST-KNOWN for splashing Mao Zedong's portrait on T-shirts, has joined the information super-runway. The fashion-challenged may now seek enlightenment from the Guangdong-born New Yorker on Style Experts (, a new interactive Web site featuring a roster of 18 "experts" including Todd Oldham, Cynthia Rowley and wedding gown queen Vera Wang. So far, they're getting about 75 e-mail queries a day from the trend-lorn. "Vivienne's very excited about it. It's part of the creative process for her to communicate and learn from her customers," says Tam's spokesperson. Busy overseeing a $10 million-plus clothing and accessories empire, the designer doesn't personally tap the keyboards -- an assistant reads her the questions and records her answers. "Vivienne will answer you with flair. Ask away!" reads her on-screen blurb. Flair? Hopefully not a word to define the trousers in her Spring 1998 collection to be shown in November.

Bouncing Back for the Boy Scouts

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito has a royal pain -- from a cut because of his recent surgery. The 37-year-old heir to the Chrysanthemum throne underwent a 30-minute procedure to remove a non-life-threatening fatty mass from his waist. ("It was as big as a pingpong ball," announced the imperial household agency.) The day after, Naruhito was to grace the Tokyo event for the 75th anniversary of the Japanese Boy Scouts. His post-surgical discomfort notwithstanding, the prince proved to be a real trooper himself and showed up as scheduled.

Casey's Kid Takes a Crack at a Rap CD

Mike Kasem is putting a new spin on his career. The popular VJ on MTV Asia now spends his days as a host talking between music videos. But soon, he may be rapping (the musical kind) on his own video. The 24-year-old American has been in the studio working on his own album. For the past few months, he has been shuttling between his base in Singapore and Manila to meet with his producers and collaborators. Why the sudden shift? "It's definitely not for the money," he told us. "Rap is a tough business in Asia. I'm doing this because I like to create," explains Kasem, who wrote most of the tunes on the album. Any chance papa Casey, host of his own popular radio Top 40 countdown, might play one of Mike's numbers on the internationally syndicated show? Maybe someday, but for now the album will be available only in South-east Asia and Japan.

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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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