Asia Minute

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Jes / Flickr

Australia continues to be a growth market for travelers to Hawai‘i.  The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority reports visitor arrivals from Australia are up ten-percent compared to a year ago.  So you may be hearing more Australian accents—but some recent discussion about that accent is sparking a bit of controversy back home. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Accents come from various influences.

Ecig Click / Flickr
Ecig Click / Flickr

This summer, Hawai‘i became the first state to raise the smoking age to 21.  That includes electronic cigarettes—a product that’s now coming under close scrutiny in one Asian country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nobody else in Asia vapes like the Malaysians.

Republic of Korea / Flickr
Republic of Korea / Flickr

For the first time in three years, leaders of China, Japan and South Korea will hold a three-way summit. The gathering takes place this weekend in Seoul - and the leaders will have a lot to discuss. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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mararie / Flickr

For more than two months, we’ve been telling you about the increasing air quality problems choking Southeast Asia. This week, the situation has gotten so severe that the President of Indonesia cut short a trip to the United States and is considering declaring a state of emergency. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The 2015 World Series gets underway later today - when the Kansas City Royals host the New York Mets. The phrase “World Series” is a little misleading, since apart from the Toronto Blue Jays, all of the Major League baseball teams are from the United States. There’s another “world” sports event coming later this week—and it’s a focus of attention in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Global Panorama / Flickr
Global Panorama / Flickr

Indonesia’s president has just started a five-day visit to the United States. He’s following a path that’s similar to recent trips of other Asian leaders—including meetings not only with government officials, but also with technology executives.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s become a familiar pattern: Asian leaders travel to Washington DC for discussions and photo opportunities, and also stop by the west coast for the same activities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping did it last month…so did Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

eric molina / Flickr
eric molina / Flickr

Hurricane Olaf continues to weaken today - and its track remains well away from Hawai‘i.  The storm is sending a large swell to the islands, but is not expected to have an impact on our skies. Meanwhile, the skies over Southeast Asia continue to be affected by a growing manmade problem. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

The mass of haze in Southeast Asia is on the move.  For more than two months, illegal fires in Indonesia have been belching air pollution.  And now their reach has stretched well beyond the neighboring countries of Singapore and Malaysia.

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Elliott Brown / Flickr

A month ago this week, China’s president was in the United States - talking about business, investment and technology. Today, he’s continuing a trip to the United Kingdom---where his themes include business, investment and technology. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Britain’s nuclear energy plans are getting a huge financial boost from China.

Doug Sun Beams / Flickr
Doug Sun Beams / Flickr

While normal trade wind patterns continue over the Hawaiian Islands this week, those breezes would be welcome in parts of East Asia.  The haze in Southeast Asia has been a focus of recent attention, but now concerns have moved north. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Haze is a seasonal problem across much of Southeast Asia.  Illegal fires in Indonesia are the main cause - often associated with palm oil plantations.  But now a different kind of haze issue is stretching across some skies in South Korea.

Nuon Solar Team / Flickr
Nuon Solar Team / Flickr

An unusual auto race is underway this week in Australia.  The course covers more than 18,000miles, and every single vehicle is powered by solar energy.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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