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  January has turned out to be a very busy travel month for the prime minister of Japan. Shinzo Abe has already been to several African nations as well as the Davos Economic meetings in Switzerland. But it’s his recently completed trip to India that may turn out to be the most significant. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   When it comes to car sales in Hawaii, Japanese automakers are still the big three.

Toyota, Honda and Nissan together control about half the market in the islands. And now one of those companies exports more cars from the U-S than it imports. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   China and Taiwan may be inching closer in their political relations. Developments this week point to a key meeting coming up in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The end of this week will bring various celebrations of the Chinese New Year around the islands. The Lunar New Year comes on Friday. But in China, it comes with a debate about fireworks.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A woman in Hong Kong was arrested this week on charges of torturing her Indonesian maid. The case has gotten wide publicity in Hong Kong—and underlines the conditions faced by thousands of household workers there. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 The political campaign season is just getting underway in Hawaii. But while elections here will take place later this year, they’re scheduled to come much sooner in Thailand. And this week Bangkok remains under a state of emergency. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia’s Computer Shift

Jan 22, 2014
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  If you’re making more use of a mobile device this year than last year, you’re not alone. In fact, as more people rely on smart phones and tablets, it’s leading to a global shift in business. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Recent concerns about compromised credit card data in the United States have focused on a couple of retail stores. Both Target and Neiman Marcus confirm on-line thieves stole some customer information. But there’s word from South Korea this week that nearly half the nation’s residents may have had their credit card information stolen. HPR’s Bill Dorman has the details in today’s Asia Minute.

Japan Recovery?

Jan 20, 2014
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   Later this month, the Hawaii Tourism Authority will release year-end figures on visitor arrivals for 2013. Through the first eleven months, visitors from Japan were up slightly, but they didn’t stay as long as they did a year earlier…and they spent less each day. Still, Japan remains the most important international market for Hawaii visitors. And that means state officials keep a close eye on the latest economic news from Tokyo. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

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We’re still two weeks away from the Year of the Horse, but preparations for the lunar new year are already underway in China. The government tracks a forty-day travel period surrounding the holiday…and that started this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 While temperatures remain generally pleasant across the state this week, that’s certainly not the case in Australia. Parts of that country are sweltering under a heat wave that’s led to brush fires, electricity outages and safety warnings. And researchers there are blaming climate change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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South Korea plans to cut back on its use of nuclear power. But that has not stopped the country’s president from lobbying for a greater role in the development of the nuclear power program of India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As the state legislature gets ready to start its new session tomorrow, lawmakers are well aware that 2014 is an election year here in Hawaii. It’s also supposed to be an election year in Thailand, in just a few weeks. But that date may now be in doubt. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Some fishing rules have changed a bit across the islands with the start of the New Year. For example,  on Oahu, fishing is allowed this year off Diamond Head…on the Ewa Side of the Waikiki Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse. Off the west coast of the Big Island, scuba divers can no longer spear fish. Further from Hawaii, other rule changes have been proposed and are causing some controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Researchers in Hawaii are planning more studies this year on geothermal energy. Right now, the only working geothermal projects are on the Big Island. But Maui and parts of Oahu are also under review for potential exploration. Geothermal energy is also a topic of interest in Japan…and government officials are extending that interest to Africa. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Chinese Puff Piece

Jan 9, 2014
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  We’re now nine days into the New Year…and that means nine days into tighter restrictions on outdoor smoking on Oahu. It’s now illegal to smoke at all beaches, parks and pools on the island…and within 20 feet of bus stops. The rules are still a lot looser in China…but it looks like that will be changing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There was a notable death this week in Asia. Some media have called him the “Father of Hong Kong’s Film Industry.” But he also did much more in a colorful life that stretched over more than a century. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute..

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  Tomorrow will mark two months since a powerful storm swept through the Philippines.

The government says 16-million Filipinos were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This week, the region hit hardest by the storm is marking some progress toward recovery. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  2014 is an election year—not just in Hawaii, but also in different parts of the world. That includes India—where the current prime minister has just announced he’ll be stepping down. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’ve been feeling out of sorts the last few days, maybe you can blame the vog. Researchers in China are now doing work to see whether there’s a link between cloudy skies and mental health. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Economies across Asia had an uneven year in 2013. Overall, regional growth was a bit slower than many had expected at the start of the year. HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at prospects for economic growth in Asia in the New Year in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia Markets: 2013

Jan 2, 2014
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  For international investors, 2013 was a year of some market surprises across Asia. The strongest regional stock market was in Japan, while the weakest was in China. Other markets turned in a mixed performance. HPR’s Bill Dorman reviews the results in today’s Asia Minute.

Singapore’s Pet Test

Dec 31, 2013
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  If you’re thinking about adopting a pet in the New Year, you don’t need to pass any special tests in the state of Hawaii. But if you live in Singapore, the authorities want to make sure you’re qualified. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Earlier this year, Hawaii became the 40th state to ban texting while driving. Texting has grown a lot in the last several years. A recent study found more than 80-percent of U.S. adults use their phones to text. But for some people in South Korea, texting has entirely taken over the telephone. HPR’s bill dorman explains in today’s asia minute.

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  2013 is wrapping up with a new round of tension between Japan and China. There’s been a quick reaction to a controversial shrine visit by Japan’s Prime Minister, and it’s also reached to South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you happened to get a smart phone for Christmas, you may still be exploring all the things you can do with it. One of the more unusual activities would be to make a movie. And maybe your work will show up in a film festival in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Christmas Across Asia

Dec 26, 2013
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  Christmas Day is not the biggest holiday of the year across most of Asia---New Year’s surpasses it in most locations. But the holiday is celebrated with various celebrations.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’re listening to the news from home or in your car this morning/this afternoon, you may not be headed out of town for the holidays. This is one of the busiest travel times of the year—with all the delays that can go with it. But one case in Indonesia takes airport nightmares to a whole new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  When Hawaii’s legislature starts its new session next month, genetically engineered crops are likely to be on the agenda in some way. While individual counties have weighed in on policies surrounding GMO’s, there has not yet been a state-wide approach. In recent weeks, GMO corn has become an issue for U-S exports to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As the end of year holiday season approaches in China, government officials have been urging people to be frugal in their celebrations. Now that approach has extended to another area: funerals. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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