Asia Minute

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India is about to officially launch its first high-speed rail project. And after the latest round of international competition, it looks like the contract will go to Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Diplomacy can take many forms around the world.  So can propaganda. This week, North Korea appears to be trying to combine the two with its latest official delegation to China.  The travelers include singers: a girl group reportedly put together by North Korea’s dictator.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One of the most advanced surveillance planes in the United States is now in Singapore. The Poseidon P-8 spy plane arrived this week, and it’s part of a broader strategy involving the South China Sea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

For the cutting edge spy plane in the US military, the P-8 Poseidon looks deceiving.  There’s no sleek radar-evading design like the distinctive Stealth fighter.  It doesn’t have the dramatic look of the high-altitude SR-71 Blackbird of decades past.

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Some delegates to the UN climate change talks in Paris are making use of 200 electric vehicles supplied by automakers. And while these cars are just on loan, the sales of electric vehicles are getting more attention this week in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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If you saw a movie over the weekend, you’re already part of one of Hollywood’s most important seasons.  The period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s weekend is critical for box office performance. But this year, there’s a twist from overseas.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s a big season for Hollywood…and part of the news is coming from China.  Last week, movie ticket sales in China swept past a milestone: 40-billion yuan… with several weeks to go in the year.

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Hawai‘i has had more than its share of rainfall in recent months….including some records earlier this fall. But it’s a different level of damage from the rains that have continued to pound southern India this week—resulting in catastrophic conditions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Government and industry officials are considering what energy investments will be required over the next several decades.  It’s a discussion that’s going on in Hawai‘i as regulators consider NextEra’s bid for Hawaiian Electric Industries.  But it’s also a conversation that’s happening right now in Australia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

730-billion US dollars.

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After a break of more than a year, Japanese whaling ships are heading to the Antarctic.  The move faces international opposition, but Japan says it’s made changes to the program.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

For years, Japan has argued that its whaling operations are a matter of scientific research…although it admits that hundreds of whales are killed as part of the process.  Australia and New Zealand challenged the legality of the hunts and last year; the International Court of Justice ruled they were not “for the purposes of scientific research.”

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World leaders are continuing to discuss what to do about climate change. But as they meet this week in Paris, there are reminders in several Asian capitals about the challenges countries are facing.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Plans for a New Year’s Eve concert in Singapore have re-ignited a simmering public discussion there. The question concerns a controversial singer, a national broadcast, and the issue of gay rights. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Singer Adam Lambert rocketed to fame on the tv show “American Idol” and has sold millions of albums around the world.  He’s scheduled to headline a show in Singapore this New Year’s Eve - an event that will be shown live by state broadcaster Media Corp.

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