Asia Minute

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Invasive species are a familiar problem in Hawai‘i. They are a challenge for any island community—and that includes New Zealand—which is trying a new tactic in an old fight. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Tourism remains a dominant factor in Hawai‘i’s economy. While full-year figures for 2016 aren’t out yet, visitor arrivals could hit another record. 2016 was also a strong year for tourism in Asia—with plans for growth this year as well. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Foreign automakers have come under increasing scrutiny since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election.  And each week it seems another one announces plans for new investment in the United States. The latest word comes from South Korea, and Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office / Flickr

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returns to Japan today following nearly a week of travels around the Asia Pacific. Abe traveled to several countries, and the timing of his trip has a direct connection to political events here in the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The New Year has brought some changes in laws around the state and around the country. That’s also true overseas. And in South Korea, there’s another change coming soon-- related to genetically modified food. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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January is a big month for the movie industry. Not necessarily for new releases, but for awards: we’re less than three weeks away from the announcement of Oscar nominations. But in China, they’re looking back at a relatively disappointing 2016. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Samsung is launching a new line of smart phones this week. It’s the latest news from the company since the safety problems and product recall of its Galaxy Note 7 model. Elsewhere in South Korea, the use of smart phones is the topic of a new study. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

There may be no other country on earth that studies smart phones as much as South Korea.  And that makes some sense.

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Leo Fung / Flickr

Residents of many parts of China started the New Year as they ended the old one: choking on air pollution. That includes people in the nation’s capital—who face increasing air quality challenges in 2017. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The waters around the Hawaiian Islands are rich in biodiversity. Other stretches of the Pacific Ocean are also home to many species of marine life. Those include more isolated parts of the ocean. But one location is more of a surprise. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The chief executive of Japan’s largest advertising agency is resigning. While that’s a headline in Japan, the reason behind the resignation is a broader story—one that touches on workplace culture, health, and change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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China plans to send a mission to Mars within the next four years. That’s just one of the ambitions the government announced this week in a new five-year plan for space exploration. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The run-up to New Year’s includes a lot of food preparation for many households. And while ‘ahi is a local favorite in the islands, baked goods are increasingly popular in South Korea.  This year, that’s presenting some special challenges. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

In the United States, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a popular time to go to the movies. For some families it’s a bit of a tradition. But for moviegoers in India, a new tradition has started at the movies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Anyone going to the movies in India is going to hear the national anthem.  And the audience had better stand up.  India’s Supreme Court ruled the national anthem must be played before every movie—a national law that’s now been in force for a few weeks.

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As we’ve been reporting, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming to Hawai‘i next week, where he’ll visit Pearl Harbor with President Obama. Back in Tokyo, there’s another element at work in diplomatic relations between Japan and the United States. And this is on a much less serious level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Let’s start with the “Koi Dance” it’s a set of moves choreographed to the theme song of a Japanese TV drama.  Various groups are shooting and posting their own video versions.

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While this is a week of holiday celebrations for many, it’s a difficult week for millions of people in Malaysia. That’s because their water has been shut off—and in many cases it’s not coming back until the weekend. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The holiday season is a peak travel time not only in the United States, but in several other parts of the world. That includes Hong Kong, where the airport was disrupted Tuesday by an unusual visitor. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s officially flu season in Hawai‘i. According to the state Department of Health, flu season lingers here from November until May. But in Asia, there’s a different kind of flu that’s getting attention this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Flickr

Police in Indonesia are warning about a new tactic that terrorists are using. It involves a shift in strategy and a new focus for law enforcement officials. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The newest factor in domestic terrorism in Indonesia may be the emerging role of women.  The country’s chief of police says militant cells are now specifically recruiting women—calling that a new development.

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If you’ve been to the national capitol building in Washington DC, you may have admired the historic dome, or the view down Pennsylvania Avenue.  In Australia, there’s a different tradition associated with the capitol building—and it’s about to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Australia’s “Parliament House” has a unique look--patterned on a pair of boomerangs.  When it opened in 1988 the building showed a broad vision that put the parliamentary chamber and other government offices under a sweeping lawn.

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It seems like during every legislative session in Hawai‘i, there’s some discussion of legalized gambling. But Hawai‘i and Utah still remain the only two states in the country to ban any form of gambling. In the Asia Pacific, gambling is a growth industry—and this week another major economy moved a step closer to opening casinos. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A multi-billion dollar rail project has just taken a big step toward completion. But this train is not in Hawai‘i, it’s thousands of miles across the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Political scandal is still dominating the news in South Korea. The president’s powers have been suspended and her future remains uncertain. The parliament is in transition and to the surprise of some, financial markets remain relatively calm. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

South Korea started the week with the Prime Minister as acting president.  The ruling political party is split between those who remain loyal to President Park Geun Hye, and those who joined in voting for her impeachment last week on allegations of influence peddling.

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Census figures show residents of Hawai‘i are living longer than ever before…and that’s bringing a variety of challenges. From traffic safety to health issues, kūpuna care is a focus for a growing number of local families. And there may be some lessons from another place dealing with an aging population: Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 Ash Carter is continuing his last trip around the world as Defense Secretary—spending time today in the Middle East. He spent much of this week in Asia—where his last stop was a significant one. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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People on every island across the state are familiar with invasive species. One of the most dangerous is the little fire ant, found in the biggest concentration on the windward side of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. And now a similar problem is plaguing a part of Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Policy makers in the United States and Asia are still talking about Donald Trump’s recent phone call with the leader of Taiwan. There’s been a big focus on how the call broke decades of precedent—and how China’s government may react. But there has not been a big focus on Taiwan itself. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The topic of Taiwan can lead to a delicate dance for many international groups.  It’s largely because of Taiwan’s presence that international groupings such as APEC are referred to as “member economies” and not “member nations” or “countries.”

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 While the latest visitor numbers point to another record year for Hawai‘i, there’s a new frontier in tourism. The race to put tourists in space is picking up speed with some new contenders in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The price of Brent crude oil has hit its highest level in nearly a year and a half. If prices stay at that level or see further gains, there will be broad economic impacts—especially in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The United Nations has hit North Korea with a new round of trade sanctions. The latest action by the Security Council is in response to the country’s last round of nuclear tests—held in September. But whether these moves will be effective is another question. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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South Korea’s president has put her political life in the hands of that country’s parliament. She says she’s willing to resign, but there’s a catch—and it’s left many observers confused about the future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It seems like South Korean President Park Geun Hye is offering to resign…to step down before her five-year term expires in February 2018.  She told a national television audience Tuesday that she would let South Korea’s parliament “decide my fate, including a plan to shorten my presidential term.” 

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