South Korea

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Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been continuing all week, after North Korea’s latest satellite launch over the weekend. One area of cooperation has been shut down and now North Korea is threatening to cut its communications hotline with the South. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Three communication tie lines link North and South Korea—one used by the military, one used by United Nations forces in the Demilitarized Zone, and one run by the Red Cross.  Pyongyang last cut communications in 2013…but soon restored them.

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Republic of Korea / Flickr

South Korea’s president fired her country’s health minister Tuesday.  No reason was given, but he had been widely criticized for his response to the crisis of MERS—Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.  MERS killed 36 people in South Korea, and also took a heavy economic toll. But not everywhere. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  You would figure that two countries with democracy and open-market economies would be able to work closely together. But that’s not the case between Japan and South Korea. And although they have specific values in common, how they deal with one another and the U.S. deals with both is often a case of national identity. We talk to two scholars who call for a grand bargain in their new book. That’s today at 5 on HPR-2.

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Emmanuel DYAN / Flickr

The World Health Organization says there’s no need for anyone to restrict travel to South Korea because of medical concerns. But many travelers have been changing their plans, and that’s just part of the continuing cost of the MERS virus. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome—MERS—is taking a heavy toll on South Korea’s economy.

Nearly two hundred people have been diagnosed with the disease…nearly 30 have died.

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Tattoos remain extremely popular in Hawai‘i, but across the Pacific they can create some complications. In South Korea, that’s led to a boom in the business of tattoo removal. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Lisa Risager / Flickr

There’s no question food is a popular hobby in Hawai‘i. From outdoor grilling to homemade recipes, many people enjoy cooking. But a recent survey shows that’s not the case everywhere, especially in some parts of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A decision made this week in Washington DC will have implications here in Hawaii.  It will also have a direct impact on US military personnel serving in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Working Hard in Asia

Sep 2, 2014
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  On this day after Labor Day, how many hours do you plan on working? If you figure it out on an annual basis, employees in most industrialized countries work about 18,000 hours a year. But in some Asian countries, the totals are much higher.

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  This continues to be a busy summer for visitors to Hawai‘i. A growing number of those travelers are coming from China. The numbers are still relatively small compared to visitors from other countries. But in South Korea, the numbers of Chinese travelers, and their economic impact are much bigger. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  One month from today, a certain portion of the world’s population will turn its attention to Brazil. That’s when the World Cup begins: 32 teams from around the world playing for soccer’s most famous prize. Only three of those teams come from the Asia Pacific, and their travel plans are quite involved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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