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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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The Region's Largest Companies

A quick directory to what's available online -
and what's available in the hardcopy edition

Coping With The Slump
Corporate behemoths of The Asiaweek 1000 face their biggest challenge in decades. Plus stories on new No. 1 Mitsui & Co., chaebol trouble and Hong Kong's First Pacific

In The Fast Lane
How the falling yen and rising efficiency turned Japan's carmakers into profit machines

The Bosses Talk
CEOs of The Asiaweek 1000 take the long view of the slump and plot the way forward

The Asiaweek 1000
Rankings by Sales, Profits, Assets, Equity and Employees
Plus: Profit Margins, Returns on Assets and on Equity, and Market Capitalization

Graphic Breakdown by :
Country and Sales by Country

The Asiaweek 1,000 Directory of Companies

Alphabetically listed, company name, rank and telephone number


The Biggest by Industry

The Largest Profits The Biggest Losses

The Largest Assets The Most Employees

The Biggest Equity The Highest Market Value

Highest Growth in Sales Highest Growth in Profit

Biggest Profit Margin Highest Return on Assets

Highest Return on Equity Most Profit per Employee

The Largest Companies Outside Japan

Appliances and Consumer Electronics

Beverages, Food and Tobacco Chemicals

Clothing, Textiles and Accessories

Construction Electric Power

Heavy Industry and Engineering

Industrial and Farm Equipment

Information Technology

Media and Communications


Metals Motor Vehicles

Oil and Gas Resources

Retailing Trading

Transportation State Enterprises

The Largest by Country

Australia and New Zealand China

Hong Kong India

Indonesia Malaysia


Singapore South Korea

Taiwan Thailand


This edition's table of contents | Asiaweek home



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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