Asia Minute

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As the world continues to consider the implications of a Donald Trump presidency, that process goes on across the Asia Pacific. And the focus varies depending on the country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

At this early stage, it’s all nervous speculation.  How exactly will Donald Trump deal with the Asia Pacific?  A Thursday headline from Korea’s Joong Ang Daily says “Trump’s Victory Worries Korea.”

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The US presidential election has not only dominated the US news cycle for weeks, it’s also been a focus overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at early media reaction from the Asia Pacific in today’s Asia Minute.

Shock, disbelief and uncertainty.  And that was just the reaction of financial markets in the Asia Pacific.  As Donald Trump pushed closer to the White House, regional stock indices tumbled.  Markets around Asia closed before the election was settled—with Japan taking the biggest hit.

The Nikkei sank more than five and a third percent—to a three-month low.

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Dodger Nation / Youtube

There’s a growing scandal in South Korea, and this one has nothing to do with the president. While Park Geun-Hye  remains at the center of a government controversy, the latest news involves baseball. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Measurements of air quality across Hawai‘i rarely dip below “moderate.” The most common reading of monitors around the islands from the Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch is “good.” But in the capital of India, it’s a very different story—especially in recent days. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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From the Chicago Cubs to the presidential election, it’s been an eventful week for domestic news. There’s been much less publicity about a pair of dramatic developments in China when it comes to aviation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China launched the most powerful rocket it’s ever sent into space on Thursday night local time.  It’s called the Long March CZ-5…and analysts say it’s roughly equivalent to the Delta Four Heavy model of the United States.

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One of China’s earliest consumer hits from the United States is going a bit more local. The company behind KFC and Pizza Hut has spun off its China operations. It’s a strategic bet that has some risks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Moyan Brenn / Flickr

Tourism is enjoying another strong year in Hawai‘i. The most recent figures show visitor arrivals so far in 2016 are up by more than 2.5 percent from a year ago, while visitor spending is up nearly 4 percent. While the performance is solid, it’s nowhere near what’s going on in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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If you’ve ever thought that cars are getting bigger in Hawai‘i while many city parking spaces are staying the same size, you are correct. But the situation is even worse in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Halloween is un-Australian / Facebook

Halloween is celebrated in many parts of the world, but it’s not a universal holiday. One country where the festivities get a mixed reaction is Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

 

A columnist for Australia’s Fairfax Media captures the spirit of the season with a question.

“Does Australia Care About Halloween?”

75 percent of nearly a thousand people responding to an online poll say no.

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Republic of Korea / Flickr

There are new developments today in a politically charged case featuring leaked emails and allegations of influence peddling.  This has nothing to do with the U.S. presidential election—it’s a story from South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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MIKI Yoshihito / Flickr

While the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians battle it out for Major League Baseball’s crown, they’re far from the only baseball teams still on the field.  Despite the name of the “World Series” there are at least three other pro leagues playing for championships right now—in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The International Energy Agency says renewable sources of energy now have the capacity to produce more electricity than coal. In a new report, the group also reports half a million solar panels were installed around the world every day last year.  The news comes as researchers launch a new solar project in Singapore.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Craig Nagy / Flickr

Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, we are now exactly two weeks away from Election Day. The results will set the tone for the next four years of government leadership in the United States. But in China, a political gathering underway this week may have an impact that lingers even longer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wind power is a growing part of Hawai‘i’s energy mix. As discussions continue about potential projects on different islands and even offshore, researchers are keeping an eye on some developments in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

When you think of wind power, you probably imagine those giant propellers spinning in the breeze.  That’s the standard design for harnessing wind energy—but when the winds speed up to hurricane strength, that can be a damaging time for the windmills.

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The president of the Philippines is spending time in China this week. So far, the official meetings have featured a lot of rhetoric and some diplomatic maneuvering. But they’re also covering trade deals and investment. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The history of the hot dog goes back to the 1870’s and Brooklyn’s Coney Island. They remain popular in Hawai‘i—Honolulu alone has at least four different restaurants specializing in hot dogs. But this week, hot dogs have sparked an international incident in Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Rene Adamos / Flickr

The State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations expects overall employment in Hawai‘i will grow by nearly 6% over the next 8 years. The biggest gains are expected in construction, education and health services.  In South Korea, the employment picture tells a different story—especially for young college graduates. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Two Chinese astronauts have started a month-long mission in space. It’s the sixth time China has sent people into space—and this trip will be the longest.  It’s also unusual because of the age of one of the astronauts. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Washing windows can be a tough job—it’s difficult work and it can be dangerous. And in Hong Kong, it has turned into a chore with international implications. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Thailand remains in mourning today, following the death of its king. While the king of Thailand was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, his relationship with his subjects might be hard for outsiders to understand—along with what comes next. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here are three things you never want to do in Thailand:

Never point the soles of your feet directly at someone—it’s extremely rude.

Never pat someone on the head—it’s a real invasion of a private space.

And never insult the royal family—it’s against the law.

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The president of the Philippines is heading to China. Rodrigo Duterte has talked about shifting his country’s military relationship with the United States, but this trip also has a business side. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is heading for Beijing next week…and he’s bringing a sizable business delegation.  A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry confirms Duterte will have a “deep exchange of views” with China’s president and premier over a four-day visit starting next Tuesday.

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Video conferencing has been around for decades, but its use has exploded in recent years. As the business practice becomes more common, certain challenges have emerged. And one in particular has drawn the attention of a major Asian company. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Supporters of video conferencing say it can cut business travel expenses and provide better communication than old-fashioned telephone conference calls.  But what if you’re working from home---and you don’t really want to get all gussied up just to stare into a camera on your computer?

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Yuri Samoilov / Flickr

The topic of cyber security has come up in each of the presidential debates. While the United States says Russia is trying to hack into election related systems, one country in Asia is launching a national strategy aimed at computer security. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Singapore has launched its first International Cyber Week.  It’s an event the government is using to publicize its approach and plans for defending against computer crime.  Singapore is among the leaders in the world when it comes to organizing a national strategy on that issue.

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The Next Web / Flickr

How much time do you spend online? For a growing number of people, the answer to that question is “too much.” And a recent conference in Asia addressed some of the issues involved in that behavior. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Motori Italia / Flickr

This is a big weekend in the world of auto racing.  There’s a NASCAR race in North Carolina, a Formula One Race in Japan, and a more unusual contest going on in Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has the details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawai‘i and Utah are the two most restrictive states when it comes to gambling—banning all forms of it.  They are among a handful of states that don’t have lotteries. Singapore has been experimenting with gambling in recent years—and there’s controversy about a new development coming later this month.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Two sets of military exercises are underway this morning (this afternoon) in Asia. Only one involves U-S forces, but they both highlight political challenges in the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This is a big vacation week in China. Saturday marked the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China—and public holidays during the week make it a popular time for travel, both inside the country and overseas. One location keeping close tabs on visitors is Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Global Panorama / Flickr

Air pollution in China is a familiar story. The focus is usually on the outdoors—centering on emissions from factories and the burning of fossil fuels. But according to a new survey, there’s also a growing problem indoors. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is in Honolulu today. Where he will host a meeting with a number of his counterparts from Southeast Asia.  The talks come following an eventful week for one of this country’s closest allies in the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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