Asia Minute

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The Year of the Monkey is officially underway. This is the first day of the Lunar New Year---and it’s a national holiday across many parts of Asia. Stock markets are closed for two days in Singapore and for three days in Hong Kong. In mainland China, they’re closed all week. And across the region, the holidays are providing some unusual employment opportunities. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Later this year, Aloha Tower will celebrate its 90th anniversary. For decades, it was the tallest structure in Hawai‘i. But right now in southern India, plans are in development to build the tallest clock tower in the world.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here’s an old technology idea coming from a new technology company…building a bigger clock tower.  Infosys is India’s sixth-largest company—its market capitalization bigger than Delta Airlines or General Mills.  It’s a technology outsourcing and consulting company…based in Bangalore, in southern India.

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The number of dengue fever cases in Hawai‘i is approaching 250, while state health officials also monitor developments of the Zika virus.  Both conditions are carried by mosquitoes—and the Zika virus is getting close attention this week across the Asia Pacific.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Zika virus has focused attention on mosquitoes: a familiar topic in Indonesia.  Dengue, malaria, yellow fever and other insect-borne afflictions have long been part of Indonesia’s public health challenges…and are more common than the Zika virus.

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Celebrations of the Lunar New Year will be taking place around the state in coming days. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i has events Friday and Saturday, while the Year of the Monkey officially starts next Monday.  And in different parts of Asia, the lunar New Year brings more than just celebrations.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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More than 8 and a half million passengers flew into Hawai‘i last year—a record number. Most of them were well-behaved, but every airline faces a challenge in dealing with those who are not. And in China, a new program is starting to deal with rowdy passengers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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cwlee80 / Flickr

If you’re a football fan, you’re now less than a week away from the Superbowl.  If you prefer basketball, the NBA all-star game is in a couple of weeks and we’re a month away from March Madness.  But in the Philippines, part of the basketball season is down to the wire. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Harsha K R / Flickr

A major American automaker has been fine-tuning its operations in Asia this week. Ford started the week by announcing it would close all of its operations in Japan and Indonesia. By the end of the week, the company announced some new plans for India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Singapore will soon become the latest Asian nation to require all international visitors to scan their fingerprints. That’s been a requirement for international visitors coming to the United States for years. But Singapore’s move signals increasing concerns about terrorism in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

If you’ve traveled to Japan, Korea or Taiwan in the last nine years, you know the drill.

The stop at passport control at the airport includes an electronic scan of your fingerprints.

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Bridget Coila / Flickr

Heavy snow and cold temperatures on the mainland have gotten a lot of coverage in recent days…especially in the northeast. But it’s also been a period of unusual cold in many parts of East Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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zorori47 / Flickr

At the start of the year, Hawai‘i became the first state in the country to raise the smoking age to 21. Reducing smoking has become a policy goal for governments around the world. That includes India—where progress is showing up in some unusual places. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The corporate earnings of India’s largest publicly-traded tobacco company have disappointed investors and cheered anti-smoking activists.  ITC Limited fell short of analysts’ expectations, saying the cigarette business in India remains under “severe pressure.”

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