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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

CHEY JONG HYON, 68, chairman of the SK Group, South Korea's fifth-largest conglomerate, of lung cancer at his home in Seoul on Aug. 26. Since 1993, he had been heading the Federation of Korean Industries, an organization that promotes the interests of Korean conglomerates. Chey underwent an operation for lung cancer in the U.S. in June last year and had curtailed his activities since then. His death came as a surprise because he was known to have recovered well from the operation.


DIED

JAPANESE POET TAMURA RYUICHI, 75, of cancer of the esophagus at a Tokyo hospital on Aug. 26. Tamura's poetry captured the crisis of modern civilization, particularly in the period following the two world wars. One of the most prominent figures in postwar Japanese poetry, Tamura became an important literary figure after he co-founded the poetry magazine Arechi (Wasteland) in 1947.


BUDGETED

1 BILLION PESOS ($23 million) by Philippine President JOSEPH ESTRADA, for the relocation of thousands of squatters forced out of shanties in Manila. The former movie star and avowed champion of the masses released the sum on Aug. 31. It will be used to build and relocate low-cost housing units worth 95,000 pesos ($2,250) each for the displaced squatters.


ACCEPTED

AN APPEAL BY HONG Kong legislator CHIM PUI-CHUNG, 50, against a three-year prison sentence. He was convicted of forgery in early August. Hong Kong's High Court accepted his plea on Aug. 31 and will hear the appeal in November. Chim, who represents the financial services industry in the Legislative Council, was found guilty of conspiring to forge share documents. He called the case against him a political plot hatched by the former colonial government because he opposed then Governor Chris Patten's democratic reforms.


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