ISSUE DATE: June 14, 2004 =Subscribers Only

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  SPECIAL REPORTS
Best Global Brands
These 100 brands are among the world's most recognized—and most valuable

Best Places to Launch a Career
We canvassed career-services directors, employers, and students to rank the best companies for recent graduates

BusinessWeek 50
Our picks of the top-performing companies from the S&P 500. Plus, regional rankings for Asia and Europe:
Asia's BusinessWeek 50
Europe's BusinessWeek 50

Customer Service Champs
Companies that excel at pleasing customers, based on J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction data and our own reader survey

Hot Growth 100
From young, upstart companies to those that have been around for centuries: Plus, regional rankings of top-performing small businesses in Asia and Europe:
Asia's Hot Growth 100
Europe's Hot Growth 100

Info Tech 100
Emerging-market cellular players, wireless phone and gear makers, and Web giants are this year's stars

World's Most Innovative Companies
Nurturing, creative cultures allow these companies to wow customers with innovative products and services

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International Business News %26 Technology Articles
COVER STORY

Does Your Vote Matter?
Only if you live in one of the 17 competitive states. Or if your district hasn't been gerrymandered into irrelevance. There's a lot wrong with the system. Here's how to fix it



INTERNATIONAL COVER STORY

Is Japan Back?
After a disastrous decade, markets, household spending, and once-struggling sectors are soaring. Here's the story behind the numbers
COVER IMAGE:  Is Japan Back?
GRAPHIC:  Japan's Comeback: What The Numbers Show
GRAPHIC:  Japan's Banks: Getting Healthy
GRAPHIC:  Who Helped Turn Japan Around?


UP FRONT

Talk Show

See Arnold Deal. Hear Larry Squeal

iPods Rock. Just Not That Much

Will The Feds Tackle The Tune Pirates?

Power Lunch

NASDAQ's Qube: The World Tour

Kevin McCormick: An Unlikely Union Honcho

VC's Turn An Eagle Eye On China

Poor Marks For Ethics Teaching


THE GREAT INNOVATORS

Thomas J. Watson Jr.: Junior Achievement


READERS REPORT

Polarized On Stem-Cell Research

In Defense Of Joseph Nacchio

Iraq: America Has More At Stake Than Moral Authority


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"Working And Poor" (Cover Story, May 31, 2004)

"Will Souping Up TiVo Save It?" (Information Technology, May 17, 2004)


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Lessons From A Dizzying Decade In Tech


BOOKS

Self-Deprecating Women


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

The Liberal Media: It's No Myth


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Finally For Workers, A Bigger Piece Of The Pie

Spain: All The Upheaval Hasn't Hindered Growth


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Welcome To Security Nation
ONLINE EXTRA:  Homeland Security

Oil Anxiety Hits A Slippery Slope

Commentary: Governance: Backlash In The Executive Suite
Will Directors Morph Into Corporate Constables?

A New Pay Scheme For Wal-Mart Workers

Commentary: Can Redstone Boost Growth?

Biotech's Tough New Taskmasters


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

William Owens: Mum's The Word

Sun Warms To Fujitsu

Spitzer Guns For Glaxo

Clearing A Telecom Line

The SEC Slaps Symbol Tech

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: Blue Nile


ASIAN BUSINESS

Mazda Roars Back Into The Race

The Heavy At Hyundai Heavy


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Fiat's Last Chance

In Russia, All That Glitters Isn't Nickel

A Broadband Battle At Last

Take That, You Creepy Dementors


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

The U.S. And Europe: Friends Again, For Now

Yukos' Troubles Hit Russia's Market

Bond Investors Still Angry At Argentina


THE CORPORATION

Pepsi's Thousand And One Noshes

Out From Under United's Wing


WORKPLACE

Commentary: Women's Pay: Why The Gap Remains A Chasm


FINANCE

Not A Pretty Picture At Elite

When Bankers' Bets Go Bad

In Hammers, Nails, And Caulk We Trust


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

My Therapist Is A Joystick
ONLINE EXTRA:  Playing Your Way to Health

Online Extra: Healthy Games Photo Essay


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Commentary: Can Drug-Busters Beat New Steroids?
ONLINE EXTRA:  "We're as Good as the Bad Guys"


MEDIA

Quiet Cable Guy


PERSONAL BUSINESS

Your Home By The Numbers

The Right Way To Choose A Mortgage

How To E-Appraise Your Property
ONLINE EXTRA:  What's Your House Really Worth? (extended)
ONLINE EXTRA:  Real Estate Photo Essay


FOOTNOTES

Comforts Of Home
Scrimping For Luxuries

Cold Caffeine

The Atlanta Botanical Garden


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

A Divorce With A Tidy Deal For Investors?


INSIDE WALL STREET

A Bright Gleam On Apex

As Offices Stock Up, Staples Is Clicking Along

From Pain Therapeutics: A Better Pain Killer


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures Of The Week (.pdf)
ONLINE EXTRA:  Production Index Components


EDITORIALS

Democracy In America: The Election System Is Broken


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

The Madrid Bombing's Lessons For Britain

The Italian-Style "Solution" To Alitalia's Problems

Iraq: America Has More At Stake Than Moral Authority

Telecom Fixes In The U.S. Won't Work Overseas


INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE

Shopping For Marks & Sparks

Europe's Great Real Estate Sell-Off


INTERNATIONAL -- DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

Ceramic Wire That Carries Double The Juice

Siccing A Souped-Up Common Cold On Cancer

Genes Do Lots More Than Make Proteins

Innovations


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures Of The Week (.pdf)


INTERNATIONAL -- EDITORIALS

Japan's Stealth Recovery
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