Washington - Bicycle taxis are back on the
streets of Jakarta, creating jobs and saving fuel. Japan, the powerhouse
of Asia's rapid economic expansion in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, has
announced its first recession in a generation. Thailand and Korea are
confronting the shock of rising unemployment - even homelessness - and
receiving injections of cash from the international community as they
seek to restore stability to their battered economies.