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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:

YOKOI GUMPEI, 56, WHO headed the team that developed Nintendo's Game Boy computer toy; in a traffic accident; in Tokyo; Oct. 8. Yokoi joined Nintendo in 1965, when the company manufactured only playing cards. He left the firm in August 1996. His last creation was Virtual Boy, a 32-bit game that suffered from sluggish sales.

• Lee Chin Koon, 94, father of Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and grandfather of Deputy Premier Lee Hsien Loong; in Singapore; Oct. 12. He is survived by four sons, a daughter, 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1980.

• Arif Iqbal Bhatti, 63, retired Lahore High Court judge; shot by a lone gunman; in his chambers in Lahore; Oct. 10. Bhatti is the third lawyer to be killed this year as a result of Pakistan's sectarian and political fighting.


RETIRING:

SIR WILLIAM PURVES, 65, group chairman of HSBC Holdings; announced in Hong Kong; Oct 12. The retirement will become effective May 31, 1998. Purves, who will have held the position over 12 years, will leave at the company's next annual general meeting. HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and finance corporations, with more than $440 billion in assets.


ARRESTED:

NGUYEN HOANG LINH, EDITOR of Vietnam's state-run Doang Nghiep (Enterprise) business newspaper; confirmed by the paper's management on Oct. 12; in Hanoi. Linh was responsible for reports that explored questionable business practices related to the General Customs Department's purchase of patrol boats. He is charged with revealing state secrets.


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