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Dozens of stray cats in Hong Kong will be allowed to stay in a place they have adopted as their home. In a reversal of policy, officials will let the cats keep living in a prison. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A well-known international brand has disappeared from Southeast Asia’s largest economy. 7-Eleven convenience stores operate in 18 countries around the world—with more than half of the in the Asia Pacific. But the stores are no longer in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Archeologists in Australia say they’ve found evidence that people were on the land there much earlier than previously believed. In fact, the difference is nearly 20,000 years. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’re planning a summer vacation, it might involve flying to another island—or another country. But there’s one location in Asia that is not likely to see a big rise in tourism this summer season—despite the government’s best effort. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawai‘i’s minimum wage will rise to 10-dollars and ten cents an hour next year from its current level of $9.25. A proposal to increase it even more was defeated in the legislature earlier this year. This week, the government in South Korea boosted the national minimum wage—by double digits. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Tourism is not only Hawai‘i’s top economic sector, it’s a growing business in many parts of the world. And that includes Indonesia—which has great ambitions and is getting some help from the World Bank. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The annual Hawai‘i Conservation Congress gets underway tomorrow in Honolulu. While many of the topics and issues will be familiar, the timing of this year’s gathering has some urgency. On Friday, the Asian Development Bank released its latest study about climate change and its impact on the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While a lot of the news about the Korean peninsula these days focuses on security, there’s another issue that has surfaced this week: trade. The U.S. wants to talk about the free trade agreement that’s in force with South Korea. And the reaction from Seoul is cautious. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Apple is planning to spend another billion dollars in China. That investment by itself is not unusual—China is Apple’s second largest market trailing only the United States. But the nature of this investment is drawing attention from the rest of the technology world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The government has approved a deal to finance a multi-billion dollar rail project. Unfortunately for backers of the Honolulu rail plan, this particular construction is thousands of miles from Hawai‘i. It’s a deal announced this week in Thailand for a project that will eventually go to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Six crew members are working their way through a University of Hawai‘i project simulating an 8 month mission on Mars. The team has completed nearly three-quarters of its time with the Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or “HI-SEAS,” program on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Hawai‘i Island. In China, a smaller group has just started a similar mission with some differences. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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More than a third of the electricity generated by Hawai‘i’s largest utility last year came from renewable sources. Hawaiian Electric says the biggest source of renewable energy across the state is solar, followed by wind. A massive new project in Australia focuses on a different part of renewable energy: battery storage. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been a little more than a week since Honolulu launched its bike-sharing program. The project has brought a thousand bikes to the streets of Honolulu, and some mixed reactions from residents. Across the Pacific, bike sharing has produced some enthusiasm in China—along with some caution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been two days since North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. The United States and its allies are considering potential responses.  China and Russia are calling for North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear weapons programs, in exchange for the U.S. stopping military exercises with South Korea. That’s not likely to happen—and those exercises can involve tens of thousands of forces. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Singapore’s most famous family is in the midst of a feud. And it’s spilled into public view and has led the Prime Minister to apologize on national television. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Prime Minister of Singapore is Lee Hsien Loong.

His father was Lee Kuan Yew—the founder of Singapore and its prime minister for more than 30 years.

He lived for decades in the same house he moved into in 1945.

Near the end of his life, Lee Kuan Yew told reporters and others that once he died, he wanted the house torn down.

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This summer will mark six years since Disney’s Au Lani resort opened on O‘ahu. Across the Pacific, Shanghai Disneyland just passed its one year anniversary. And while it was a booming year for visitors, there are some challenges on the horizon. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Scholars say tattoos have been around for thousands of years. They have a rich cultural history in Hawai‘i and across Polynesia. But in Japan, they remain controversial. And now they’re the topic of a court case. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The future of a major broadcaster in Australia is in question. Channel Ten is a commercial broadcaster that needed tens of millions of dollars—and several of its large investors decided not to extend their financial support. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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China has scored a quiet victory this week in the world of international diplomacy. Panama has announced it will break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan—and start them with Beijing. HPR’s Bill dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Sustainable fishing is a practice that’s getting more attention—not only here in Hawai‘i but also around the globe. Indonesia has become the first country in the world to take an unusual step in that direction. And it’s being led by a cabinet minister who is gathering a growing international following. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Three Asian countries that are often rivals have agreed to cooperate when it comes to the Arctic Ocean. China, Japan and South Korea will conduct a joint mission to take a closer look at the impacts of climate change. And the work is not only focused on science. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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On this Aloha Friday, you may be looking at a long weekend, if your workplace observes Monday’s King Kamehameha Day holiday. You may also have some vacation plans this summer. But in at least one Asian country, many companies are still trying to convince their workers to take more time off. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  South Korea’s new president is shifting policy when it comes to a program of missile defense. The move involves U.S. military hardware and issues relating to the environment. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Anyone who’s familiar with the Philippines knows about the concept of sending money home from overseas. It’s become a critical part of the Philippines economy—and it’s growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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India’s space program has taken another step forward this week. The country successfully launched a communications satellite which puts the space agency in select company. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A growing international trade dispute is heading for a showdown. It involves a famous American brand and a pair of companies from South Korea. The focus of the disagreement: washing machines. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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U.S. and Japanese naval ships are in the middle of three days of military exercises off the coast of Korea. The scale of the maneuvers is larger than previous drills, and it comes as there’s a surprise involving another naval exercise planned off the coast of India next month. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Prime Minister of Vietnam has wrapped up a three-day visit to the United States—meeting President Donald Trump at the White House. The two leaders talked about trade deals worth billions of dollars, but they also talked about a trade imbalance that has changed dramatically in recent years. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Climate change was one topic where President Trump had significant differences with his counterparts at this weekend’s Group of Seven meetings in Europe. Trump has previously said he wants to push ahead with coal as an energy source—while economies in many parts of the world, including Asia, are heading in the other direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Authorities in the Philippines have seized a stunning amount of methamphetamine headed into the country from China. Police say there was more than half a ton of the drug, smuggled into warehouses in metropolitan Manila—making it the latest multi-million dollar methamphetamine bust in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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