Asia Minute

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The international community is still discussing potential responses to North Korea’s apparent nuclear test earlier this week. While some kind of coordinated approach is likely through the United Nations, there will also be a more immediate response—right on the border. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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It will take some time for international experts to analyze North Korea’s latest nuclear test. This is the fourth time the country has tested a nuclear device….in a period stretching back nearly a decade.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has some background in today’s Asia Minute.

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Three trading days into the New Year, financial markets around the world remain uncertain. And a lot of that nervousness begins with China. Part of it relates to the economy, but it’s also uncertainty about what the government will do when it comes to the stock market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Transparency has never been a particular strength of China’s stock market.  Investors at home and abroad know the government plays a role in the market, but the extent is a moving target and not always clear.  This week is a good example.

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Global stock markets have started the year with volatility—especially in China. But when it comes to real estate, investors in China and elsewhere expect to spend more money this year in the United States.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tourism is a growing business in many parts of the world—including South Korea. And as part of its campaign to attract more visitors, the capital city has adopted a new slogan. But not everyone is celebrating. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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2015 was a record year at the movies. In the United States, box office sales topped 11-billion dollars. And it was also a record-setting year in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here’s a statistic any business would like: annual growth of 49%.  That’s what happened to ticket sales for movies in China during 2015.  Government figures released Thursday show box office receipts of nearly 7-billion dollars last year - up from about one and a half billion dollars just five years ago.

This holiday season, there’s been a lot of news about “hoverboards”—from store sales to emergency room visits.  Now there’s a story from the Philippines about a man many are calling the “hoverboard priest.” HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The story begins during a Christmas Eve mass in a church in Laguna—southeast of Manila.  A statement from the Diocese of San Pablo in the Philippines picks up the thread.  Quote: “as a way of greeting his parishioners, the priest sang a Christmas song, while going around the nave standing on a hoverboard.”

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Smokers who are under the age of 21 have just a couple of days left of legal tobacco puffing in Hawai‘i. On Friday, the state becomes the first in the nation to outlaw tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21. The issue of smoking among young people is also getting attention this week in Indonesia—where critics say the government is not doing enough to stop it.

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We’re now less than five weeks away from the first voting of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. On the other side of the world from the Iowa caucuses, it’s also an election year in the Philippines.  And there’s been an important development in that contest.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Nick Yee

The period between Christmas and New Year’s is a popular vacation time in many places around the world—including Hawai‘i. This year, one of Hawai‘i’s most popular markets for tourism is having a record year of its own. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tourism in Japan has already grown by about 50% compared to a year ago…and that’s not even counting December.  About 18-million travelers came to Japan through November—blowing past a record set last year.

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