Asia Minute

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   Cars sales across the country are expected to rise slightly this month compared to a year ago. That word comes from Kelley Blue Book, which did not break out state-wide projections for Hawaii. In China, analysts expect growth in auto sales to be much stronger. And that’s leading to some changing international business plans. HPR’ Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Justice Delayed in Japan

Mar 28, 2014
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  The man who’s believed to be the world’s longest serving death row inmate was freed this week. It’s a case in Japan that goes back nearly fifty years…and now has a new twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues, the incident is having a number of impacts across Asia. One concerns political relations between Malaysia and China. And that is now extending to tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Pacific Business News reports about 15-percent of school age children in Hawaii attend private schools. That makes for more than 33-thousand students in the 75 largest private schools alone. The idea of private school is expanding elsewhere in the Pacific—in southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The politics of trade have taken a violent turn in Taiwan. Last week, protestors broke into the parliament building because of their concerns about a trade deal with China. This week, government forces responded. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia minute.

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   Two Asian leaders are beginning the week with an unusual meeting. Relations between Japan and South Korea have become frayed in recent years. The leader of each country has been in office a little more than a year, but they have not yet had an official summit. That will change because of the intervention of the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This is the first Aloha Friday of the spring. That means celebrations in many parts of the world. But for one group marking the change of seasons, it meant trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There are about six weeks left in the current session of Hawaii’s legislature. While there have been some contentious issues, there hasn’t been anything like the disruptions that have hit Taiwan’s parliament this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  After nearly two months, the government of Thailand has lifted a state of emergency in and around Bangkok. Protesters in the area have dwindled, but the future of the government still remains unclear. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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All this week, Hawaii Public Radio is presenting a series we call “Genetically Engineered: Beyond Emotion.” While the United States has been on the front end of research and development of genetically modified crops, other countries have taken different paths. And when it comes to China, that path has gone in more than one direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains.

Read more about HPR's series on GMOs: 

GMOs in the USA

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  The movement to raise Hawaii’s minimum wage is among several measures making it through the state legislature during the current session. The issue of wages is also under discussion elsewhere—in several states, in Congress, and in a particular case in India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 You may not have given much thought to your refrigerator lately. But some other people have. And the result is shaping up to be one of the biggest battles of corporate Korea—one that will be fought in American kitchens. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  While Hawaii’s state legislature considers raising the minimum wage during this session, broader salary discussions are going on in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put out the word that he wants companies to pay their workers more. And there may be some embarrassment involved for big companies who refuse. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The British Union Jack has been part of the Hawaiian flag for nearly two hundred years. And for well over a century, it’s been part of New Zealand’s flag as well. But that may be on its way to changing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Hamlet for North Korea?

Mar 12, 2014
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  It’s been about a year since the Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble staged the Shakespearian tragedy “Hamlet.” Now, controversy has developed over another group’s plan to take that play on the road…all the way to North Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Three years ago today, a massive earthquake and tsunami rumbled through northern Japan. The natural disaster was made worse by the fact that it crippled a nuclear power plant. And even after three years, the region is far from recovery. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Spring arrives a week from Thursday. And while this winter has seen fairly typical weather in Hawaii, that’s not the case everywhere. Many parts of the mainland have had a severe winter, and in Southeast Asia, there’s still a lingering drought. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This is a busy week for Chinese politics. The National Peoples Congress began its annual meeting Wednesday, and the proceedings will continue into next week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on what that means in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Hawaii is a popular destination not just for tourism, but also for real estate investment. And some of that money is coming from China. But it’s nothing like the amount of Chinese investment that’s flowing to Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It won’t be news to anyone listening that Honolulu remains high on the list of expensive cities in the country. For example, the website payscale.com puts the overall cost of living in the state capital at about 65-percent above the national average. But when it comes to one recent compilation of the most expensive cities in the world, Honolulu doesn’t make the list. But several cities in Asia do. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Many people in Hawaii take part in periodic beach cleanups around the islands. And hikers are generally careful to pick up after themselves. But that’s not the case for one of Asia’s most famous peaks and the local government is trying something new to change it. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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 Extreme weather events around the world have pushed more attention to the study of rain and snow. A satellite launched from Asia last week is aimed at gathering more information in these areas—and ultimately help people prepare for the unexpected. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Currency volatility plays a role in the amount of money Japanese visitors spend during their time in Hawaii. It also affects how Japanese companies invest their money. And for several Japanese automakers, the result is a growing presence in Mexico. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Earlier this month, the Star-Advertiser reported Hawaiian Electric is in talks with the Navy about a plan to build the state’s first liquefied natural gas import terminal at Pearl Harbor. While stakeholders in Hawaii are considering using natural gas for the first time, Singapore is entering a new phase in its dependence on the fuel. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The air in northern China has been at unhealthy levels for a week. Part of the problem is seasonal—in cold weather, more coal is burned, and that adds to the air pollution. But the timing also has a political edge. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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   While much of the world has focused on recent events in Ukraine, political tensions elsewhere have continued to spill onto the streets. Thailand has seen increasing violence and the government there faces an uncertain future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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    Several thousand U-S military personnel are beginning military exercises in and around South Korea today. The drills are taking place at a time of some other dramatic developments on the Korean peninsula. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been nearly three years since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan. This week there’s been news of a fresh leak of radioactive water, and another grim reminder that the disaster is still claiming victims. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been more than five months since last year’s molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor. While investigations continue into that incident, spills of a different kind are a concern elsewhere in the Pacific. The substance there is oil, and the location is Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  When you hear stories about pollution in China these days, the focus is usually air. But water pollution is another staggering problem for the Chinese government which is also starting to get closer attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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