Asia Minute

Asia Minute
10:31 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Japan Exploring Methane Hydrate as Potential Energy Source

The pursuit of new energy sources is a focus for many countries right now. In Hawaii, that search is centered on renewable energy. But in some parts of Asia, they’re exploring for a different kind of fuel. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
12:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Billabong Slashes Value of its Brand to Zero

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Billabong is a name that’s well known in the islands. There are three stores in the state…and the Billabong Pipe Masters surf competition takes place each December at the Banzai Pipeline. But back in Australia, the company’s having some trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
11:11 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Indonesia Buying U.S. Attack Helicopters

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The United States is selling half a billion dollars of helicopters to Indonesia. News of that deal comes as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his travels in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
11:40 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Singapore Trails in Gay Rights

It’s still not clear whether or not the legislature will hold a special session to consider gay marriage in Hawaii. But in Singapore, the issue of gay rights is being discussed on a much more basic level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:38 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Cheap Cars Not Selling in India

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It’s been a strong year so far for car sales in Hawaii. The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association says new vehicle sales are up more than 13% in the first half of the year compared to a year ago. While Japanese cars remain the market leaders here in Hawaii, a car made in India is making some headlines overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:59 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Fukushima’s Lingering Troubles

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It’s been nearly two and a half years since an earthquake and tsunami led to disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan. This week, Japan’s government announced highly radioactive water has been leaking from the facility. It’s the latest indication the plant’s troubles are far from over. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:19 am
Wed August 21, 2013

China and U.S. Bolster Military Ties

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be in Honolulu later this week. He’s stopping by on his way to Asia. Earlier this week in Washington, Hagel spoke with his Chinese counterpart about improving military ties between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:15 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Water Quality Problems in Asia

On most measures of water quality, Hawaii scores well compared to other states. But recent reports from Asia show two of the region’s largest countries face a growing crisis when it comes to water pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:01 am
Mon August 19, 2013

A Better Shipping Route from Asia to Europe?

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Commercial shipping is one of the lifelines of Hawaii. Container ships coming here from mainland ports don’t have to deal with ice…but it’s a different story for the latest business route of some Chinese ships. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Minute
10:36 am
Fri August 16, 2013

China Zoo: Lions and Tigers and Dogs

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Earlier this year, the Honolulu zoo introduced three lion cubs to the islands. While local residents here can see lions of various sizes…at one zoo in China, that’s a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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