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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan4 PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES TUBWY, MAY 20,1997 ql p :PHOWEN >o Bureau Chief rOK0HAMA, Japan — The transport j(p M/V American Falcon, now heading Thailand in support of U.S. troops training in Cobra Gold, is skippered by a Man whose teachers not too many years agoj would have told him those troops are his enemy. Clad in jeans, sneakers and a sport shirt, Marin Johnson doesn't fit the im- age of a ship's captain who works hand- in-hand with the U.S. Navy. He also doesn't fit the image, if there is one, of a native of Bulgaria, a former Warsaw Pact country .until the Soviet Union crumbled in 1990. Johnson, 43, was bora Marin Ivan Kosladinov. He became a Johnson by re- versing tradition when he married his American wife Anita Johnson and took her name. porn in Popova, Bulgaria, Johnson learned the shipping trade at Bulgaria's maritime academy, where many of his classmates were training to become na- val officers. After his education, Johnson went to sea. When his ship ma^a port call in 1979 in Hamburg, Germany, he went ashore and sought political asylum at theU.S. Consulate. Officials granted him permission (to emigrate to New York, where two Bulgarian friends andsfellow- asylum seekers were living. "I had tp^do all kinds of odd jobs, working at^ght, studying English by day," said Johnson, interviewed in his apartment-sized ship's quarters last week at the Army's North Dock in Yoko- hama. "I think it took me almost a yearto find a shipping job." He became a U.S. citizen in Johnson's wife also worked on ships. The two met in Mexico. They have a 5-year-old daughter and live in Freeland, Wash. Johnson spends about seven months away from home eacij year, although his family has spent time with him at sea aboard the American Falcon. He has been the ship's captain since 1992. The IJ,S.-flagged, Swedish-built ship isunder contract to the U.S. Military Sea- lift Command. It carried equipment to Thailand last month for Cobra Gold and now is returning to pick up the gear. ^The 635-foot ship is what mariners call a "ro-ro" (rollrpn, roll-off) ship. Its twuvstern ramps permit large trucks to Utsirk Owen/Stripes Andrew Carlsson, second mate on the ,W African Falcon military sealifl ship, and Cap! Harin Johnson, were sailors in former communist Eastern Europe countries. icrunlcload and unload in the cargo hold. troops destroyed Warsaw's Jewish ghet- The 20, craw members have cabins to in 1944. He said he joined the Polish that seem palatial in contrast to those on resistance and was captured by the Ger- Navy ships. Thei£ other amenities in- mang. On his way to a concentrationelude a small swimming-pool, a recrea- tion room stocked with 1,108 videocas- settes and a well-equipped exercise room, the walls of which bear the markof weights that somebody apparently' forgot to strap down a few times before0 the ship hit rough seas. Johnson shares his position with an- other captain who works when Johnson is off-duty. ° - On its current voyage, the American Falcon has another crew member, 2nd Mate Andrew Carlsson, who also is from a former Warsaw Pact country. Carlsson, 65, has a Swedish name be- cause his grandparents were born in Sweden, but he was born in Poland. camp, he escaped and spent the last few months of the war hiding at his grand- parents' home. Poland emerged as' a communist coun- try after the 'war. Carlsson became a tour guide in Warsaw, then went to sea and worked his way up to ship's captain. He said he gave up that job t6 become a second mate on a Swedish ship — but not as a political refugee. The decision was purely an economic one, he said, explaining that he made five times as much money in his new job. ._ „ Carlsson moved to the United States during the late 1960s and later became an American citizen. He now resides in As an adolescent, he watched from a Meltairie, La.i and has worked on Amer- nearby fourth-floor balcony while Nazi ican vessels regularly since 1971. Marchers demand Taiwan The Associated Press & TAIPEI, Taiwan T For the secpndtime in three weeks, tens of thousands of Taiwanese marched Sunday to demand the resignation of Premier Lien Chan for the government's failure to curb violentcrime. •>•'' Y .'• /•'•' -:\ • ' / Y Y'V; .. Led by parents with children, the demonstrators carried placards pro- claiming '*Shaine,'Y "Agony," and"Please take 21 walk" as they marched down a broad avenue to the presidential office building. t .v " " Y ^ Witnesses put the number of march-ers at 50,000, equaling the number in the iirstmarchMay(4. But organizers and the independent TVBS cable television station estimated the? number of marchers ait close to 100,000. One person was arrested after refusing to disperse at the end of the protest, police said. As on May 4, the marchers' demands were retirement of the Cabinet and a public admission from President Lee Teng-hui that the government's policieson crime have failed. The protesters included some mem- bers of Lee's Nationalist Party. , Lee repeated his apology Sunday at a central Taiwan fishing port for failing to come to grips with crime. "I feel very sorry for the unease peo- ple are feeling with so many major'' '-' ' ' ' • • ' crimes still unsolved," Lee said. ' Publicoutrage^ over crime boiled up after the kidnap-murder last month of Pai Hsiao-yen, the daughter of popular entertainer Pai Pirig-ping. That followed two high-profile murder cases last year. All three crimes remain unsolved; The lifting of martial law in 1987 ush- ered in a wave of crime, and murders and kidnappings have increased over the last few years. Y ,; ^ Y The president rejected Lien's offer to resign. Marchers said they want Lee to accept Ilien's resignation, even ? if he waits to replace him, to show the gov- ernment is taking responsibility for de- teriorating law and order, . HONG KONG — Another 66; soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army were to arrive in Hong Kong on Monday to prepare bases for the gairison that will march into this British colony when it reverts to Chinese rule in July. A government statement said Sunday the latest group will cross into Hong Kong from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, v They will jpiii 40 other soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Zhou Bordng, a deputy com- mander of the future garrison. The Chinese soldiers, who are to wear uniforms only while in their barracks, are to prepare 14 bases for up to 10,000 troops who wijl replace the British garri- son on July 1.Another group of 90 Chinese soldiers is to airive MaV 30. The PLA's presence^ in Hong Kong is ,dne of the most sensitive issues of the transition to Chinese rule. Many HongKong people remeniber the assault on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beying in.1989. ~ -flte future Chinese garrison will con- sist of elite troops who have studied Hong Kong law and customs. They also will be banned from engaging in busi-ness in Hong Kong. ' s€4iglit fer ei-spf official M brifc^ scaoiaf SEOUL — Prosecutors requested a warrant Sunday to arrest ai former intel- ligence official who was close to Presi dent Kim Young-sam's second son, whois accused of taking bribes and evading taxes. • YY •''"'••'.••••' • "/;: ••:"-• : -Kim Ki-sup, a former^deputy minister of South Korea's Agency for National Se-curity Planning, was accused of taking $169,000 in exchange for helping a busi- nessman win a government license for a cable TV station. „ Prosecutors took him into custody while waiting for a court to issue an ar- rest warrant Monday. The president's son, Kim Hyun-chul, 37, was arrested Saturday on allegations of collecting $3.6 million in bribes from two businessmen and evading $1,5 niil-lion in taxes. His arrest has damaged his father's dredibijity during his final year inoffice. *'••'• :, - • . - • u • . . • • • -? : - ';:; : ' •;• - ' '••"••Drug barors foy^d dead after failed prison SYDNEY, Australia — A convicted drug importer Was found dead in his cell Sunday, less than 24 hours after at- tempting a prison escape with Austra- lia's worst serial killer, Ivan Milat. A New South Wales Corrective Ser- vices spokeswoman said George Sawas ^w^-'fiG^d;-haqe^vin;'hjbs cell at^Mait-land Prison north of Sydney, On Saturday, authorities foUed an e& cape plan he had hatched with Milat. Sayvas, 47, had been moved to a seg^ regation cell Saturday after his escape"plan was foiled. "It's 'fair to say tfiat everyone here*syeyy surprised," a prison spokeswoman said. "His personality ^ would • not J^e one you would expect him to do some- Mlat, 51, is serving a life sentence for killing seven backpackers in the Be- langlo State Forest. Sawas was serving time for conspiring to import heroin. From wire reports ' ;