- The Washington Times - Friday, March 22, 2002

Japan urged to give more foreign aid
MONTERREY, Mexico A prominent U.S. academic and development activist has called on Japan to follow the lead of the United States and the European Union and increase aid to poor countries.
"The U.S. and Europe have made now further pledges," Jeffrey D. Sachs said here at the U.N. International Conference on Financing for Development.
"Japan has been in the process of cutting aid, and we need to hear a similar message from Japan. There's no doubt about it. We're still waiting for the message from Japan as well," Mr. Sachs said in a speech on Wednesday.
Mr. Sachs also serves as a special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a campaign to halve by 2015 the proportion of people living in poverty.

Soccer plans prompt S. Korea-Japan summit
TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will visit South Korea this week on a goodwill trip aimed at building solidarity just over two months before the nations co-host the soccer World Cup finals.
The three-day tour by Mr. Koizumi will take him to Seoul, Busan and Gyeongju.
Mr. Koizumi will hold talks with South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung in Seoul today.

Taiwan economy minister quits hostile workplace
TAIPEI, Taiwan Nearly two months into the job, the Taiwanese economics minister has resigned, blaming a hostile political environment for hindering her work.
In her resignation letter, Christine Tsung, 53, said that she felt like a "rabbit in the jungle" as she struggled to avoid "political snares" that surrounded her.
Taiwanese Prime Minister Yu Shyi-kun later said that Vice Minister Lin Yi-fu would replace Miss Tsung.
Miss Tsung's request to step down could be a serious blow to the inexperienced government, which has made improving the economy its most urgent goal. Taiwan is mired in its first recession in decades.

Malaysia can't find terror bank accounts
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysia has found no trace of any bank accounts linked to terrorist organizations named on a list supplied by the United Nations, the country's central bank chief said Wednesday.
Malaysia has bristled over reports in the international media that organizations like Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network could have stashed money here.
Last week, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III visited Kuala Lumpur and described as "certainly inaccurate" a Newsweek magazine report that the country had been one of the launchpads for the September 11 attack.
Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz told a news conference that the authorities had run checks on the list furnished by the United Nations, which itself was based on one prepared by the United States.

Weekly notes
The youngest son of former Indonesian dictator Suharto went on trial in Jakarta this week, accused of ordering the assassination of a judge who ruled against him in a graft case. Hutomo Mandala Putra, known as Tommy, looked downcast as the murder trial got under way. … Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri will try to persuade North Korea to return to the negotiating table with South Korea and the United States during her visit to the communist state next week, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda says. Mrs. Megawati starts a four-day visit to China on Sunday.

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