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History and current events are coming together this week in the Philippines. The emperor of Japan is in the country on an official visit to mark sixty years of diplomatic relations. But the visit is also a reminder of some history that lingers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The last time Emperor Akihito was in Manila, it was 1962.  He was crown prince, then-Senator Ferdinand Marcos was three years from becoming president, and the two countries were just six years into their post-war diplomatic relations.

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Images Money / Flickr

It’s been less than a week since that record Powerball lottery drawing resulted in three winning tickets. While some form of lottery or other gambling proposal often comes up in Hawaii’s legislative session, it’s another story for a different set of lawmakers considering a similar move. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Shuzo Uemoto

 

   Harajuku, on the western side of metropolitan Tokyo, has been a base for Americans and other expats since World War II.  Trendy Japanese flocked there, especially after the ’64 Olympics highlighted Harajuku’s unique style.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that for the last 20 years, fashion trends in Harajuku have enjoyed growing influence worldwide, and we can see them now at the Honolulu Museum.

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Yesterday's agreement between South Korea and Japan came as welcome news in Washington.  The United States has long urged Tokyo and Seoul to resolve the issue of the "comfort women" - Korean women coerced into prostitution to service Japanese soldiers during the Second World War.  As we hear from Neal Conan in Today's Pacific News Minute, the agreement may be a step forward, but a long way from complete resolution.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

The period between Christmas and New Year’s is a popular vacation time in many places around the world—including Hawai‘i. This year, one of Hawai‘i’s most popular markets for tourism is having a record year of its own. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tourism in Japan has already grown by about 50% compared to a year ago…and that’s not even counting December.  About 18-million travelers came to Japan through November—blowing past a record set last year.

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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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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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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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Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet / Flickr

Over the past few days, the US Navy has displayed its power from the Western Pacific to the Indian Ocean, sending aircraft carrier battle groups to exercise with its allies in Tokyo Bay and the Bay of Bengal.  As we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute - the demonstrations come amid widespread expectation of a patrol to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

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Ari Helminen / Flickr

Police across Japan are warning that developments in the world of organized crime there may lead to violence. The last time there was a split involving the Yakuza, the impact stretched all the way to Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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