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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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DECEMBER 31, 1999 - January 7, 2000 VOL. 25 NO. 52

cover S P E C I A L  I S S U E

As we close the millennium, Asiaweek celebrates the people and ideas of the past year, the past 100 years, and the past 1,000 years

[The Millennium]    [The Century]    [The Year]

T H E  M I L L E N N I U M
The Millennium
Asia's golden age of the past and -- if the region gets its act together -- of the future as well

1000
Life, times and scenes of the continent a thousand years ago

Mementos
Celebrities fill a time capsule for the 2000s with icons of the present age

T H E  C E N T U R Y
The Century
How Asia learned tough lessons in the 20th century - and can forge ahead in the 21st

100
Suharto, Mao Zedong and other newsmakers who shaped the last 100 years of Asian history

Momentous
Airplanes, radio, rock music and other ideas and inventions that they said would never work


THE  Y E A R :   1 9 9 9
The Year
A mass of surprises from the unruly masses

Newsmakers:
• Habibie How the grand plans of an Indonesian president fell before the unpredictable whims of voters
• Son Masayoshi The founder of Japan's Softbank empire shows the online way to zillionairehood
• Wan Azizah A wife-turned-oppositionist lends voice to Malaysia's reform hopes
• Li Hongzhi The qigong master who gives nightmares to China's rulers and inspiration to millions of followers
• Pokémon From video game to kiddie craze, a Nintendo original captivates a world of young minds

Deaths
Final farewell to Morita Akio, Eugenio Lopez and other figures who left the scene

Personalities
Jackie Chan, Imelda Marcos, Rupert Murdoch are among the big names that caught our eye

Innovations
Palm V, iBook, AirPort and other products that presage the post-PC era

Lows
Recognizing outstanding acts of underachievement
• Dear Santa What Bill Gates really wants for Christmas

Movies
Superb cinema from around the region
• The Two Samurai Kurosawa is dead; long live Kurosawa

In & Out
Trends here today, gone yesterday

Books
The year's best written by Asians or about Asia



  TECHNOLOGY
From the Web
Here come the Naughties!

Asiaweek/CNN Internet Index
Tracking Asia's online advance through the performance of 20 Asian stocks
  STATISTICS
The Bottom Line: Asiaweek's ranking of world economies, now online
  LETTERS & COMMENT
EDITORIALS
Year of Recovery But more tests loom in the new millennium

LETTERS
Yes, celebrate the Asian of the Century, Mahatma Gandhi -- but we also need smart, tough politicians

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T H E  N A T I O N S
Sri Lanka
After surviving a bomb blast, President Chandrika Kumaratunga wins re-election. Now the hard part

Thailand
The Democrats defeat a no-confidence vote - after taking some big hits

Macau
Having regained Macau after 442 years of Portuguese rule, China turns its gaze to the last big prize: Taiwan

Newsmakers
Pin Chakkaphak pleads innocent in London

N E W S M A P
This week's news round-up by country

T H E   Y E A R   I N   B U S I N E S S
The Year in Business
How restructuring - and U.S. spending - turned the Asian Crisis in to Asia's Comeback

Hindsight
If I had only bought...

Investing
The gains blew the forecasts off the chart

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