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Cover C O V E R   S T O R Y
TRIAL OF THE CENTURY As Anwar Ibrahim fights for his freedom in court, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad struggles to keep an increasingly fractious public from turning against him

HEIRS POTENTIAL: Possible Mahathir successors line up
KEY VOTE: The PM courts Malaysia's ethnic Chinese
INTERVIEW: Anwar speaks candidly from prison


A S I A
MILD SPRING
China: A new breed of dissident tests China's promises of reform

S P O R T
HIGH KICKS
Japan: An ailing soccer league gains a lift from an unlikely star

B U S I N E S S
IN HIGH GEAR
India's largest business group, Tata, enters the car market. But can it compete with Suzuki and other international players?

INTERVIEW
Ratan Tata, chairman of India's Tata group of companies





T H E   A R T S
TOKYO FILM FESTIVAL
Tokyo's annual movie fest puzzles with overwrought Japanese entries and haunting Southeast Asian offerings

REVISIONISM
Chen Kaige's big-budget epic takes on a mighty emperor, but its unabashed patriotism disappoints critics

MORE GORE
Masato Harada splatters blood on his screen

APRIL STORY
Shunji Iwai's return to the familiar ground he left in 1995's Love Letter is reassuring. And that's the problem

E N D   P A G E S
SPOTLIGHT

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TRAVEL WATCH
How to Get Your Kicks in Asia




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COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

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COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

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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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