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If you’re enjoying this Christmas day around a tree or celebrating at home with family members, the odds are very good that you’re not in Brunei.  The Sultan of Brunei has banned Christmas celebrations in his Southeast Asian nation—and breaking that law could lead to prison time.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hajime NAKANO / Flickr

On this Christmas Eve and a week before New Year’s Eve, we are in the middle of the holiday celebration season.  From office parties to personal gatherings, that means a break from usual routines.  And in Japan, it’s the focus of some corporate attention.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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2016 will bring a number of changes, as a new year always does. One of those changes involves the peacekeeping forces of United Nations….and how Asian nations contribute to them. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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A public service media campaign underway in Australia has seemingly backfired.  The ads concern drug abuse - and they target young people.  But critics say they use the wrong ammunition.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Australian public service announcements start with the idea that smoking marijuana can limit the achievements of young people.  The slogan is simple: “You’re worse on weed.”  But the execution is….curious.

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The latest big investor in local commercial real estate is a Chinese company. Developer Jeff Stone says China Oceanwide Holdings paid 200-million dollars to buy two Ko Olina Resort beachfront parcels. The Star Advertiser first reported the deal—adding that the company plans to make a billion-dollar investment on the site. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the company in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hurricane season officially ended a couple of weeks ago for Hawai‘i and the entire regions of the central and eastern Pacific. But powerful storms are still pounding parts of the Asia Pacific area. And by some measures, it’s already been a record year. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

When it comes to tropical storms…few places on earth are battered like the Philippines.  The islands are hit with about twenty major storms every year and this year, the season is lingering.

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A pair of Asian countries teamed up for a successful satellite launch this week. The project involved a launch from India, and half a dozen satellites from Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The headlines from Singapore focus on the satellites.  The news from India concentrates on the space vehicle that propelled them into orbit.  Together, they’re a reminder of a fast-growing global business partially anchored in the Asia Pacific: satellite launches.

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The top U.S. diplomat in East Asia faces some difficult talks in Thailand this week.  Critics say the military rulers in Bangkok are using laws on the books to prosecute political rivals—and anyone who speaks out against the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Last week we told you about an all-girl group from North Korea that was heading to China with its mix of pop music and propaganda. The group arrived, but then abruptly cancelled its concerts and turned around and returned to Pyongyang. HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at why in today’s Asia Minute.

Chinese audiences are going to have to wait a little longer to hear a rousing version of “My Country is the Best” as performed by the all-girl North Korean pop and propaganda group Moranbong.

What happened?

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David Bailey / Flicker

It’s happened from Honolulu to Washington DC: billionaires who made their fortunes by way of the internet buying or starting up media organizations. Now it’s happening in Asia—with one of the oldest regional names in journalism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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