Asia Minute

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Flickr / mhobl

Commercial shipping is one of the lifelines of Hawaii. Container ships coming here from mainland ports don’t have to deal with ice…but it’s a different story for the latest business route of some Chinese ships. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Ed Jones / Getty Images
Ed Jones / Getty Images

Earlier this year, the Honolulu zoo introduced three lion cubs to the islands. While local residents here can see lions of various sizes…at one zoo in China, that’s a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

68 years ago today Japan gave its unconditional surrender…bringing the second world war to a close. Today, the Pacific is peaceful…but regional tensions remain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / LifeSupercharger

While you can still get Kahuku shrimp fresh off some food trucks on Oahu’s north shore, most shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported. A lot of that shrimp comes from Asia---and some of it is a topic of a trade dispute. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / weirdchina

Much of this week’s weather across the islands is expected to be seasonal. For Hawaii, that means lots of sun with trade winds. But across much of east Asia this summer, this summer is bringing record heat. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / citizen404

Despite progress with renewable energy, Hawaii still depends on imported oil. So does the United States. In fact, the U.S. imports more oil than anyone else in the world. But that ranking may soon belong to an Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / adams.co.tt

It may be “Aloha Friday” in Hawaii, but today is “National Day” in Singapore. It’s the 48th anniversary of the founding of the nation…and one of southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / dragon00knight

According to census figures, more than 80% of households in Hawaii have at least one computer. You might use a desktop or a laptop—a tablet or a smartphone. But some Asian technology companies are planning computers for the next level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Sonya >> 搜你丫

State health workers in Hawaii have been monitoring developments in cases of bird flu. So far that has not been an issue in the islands, but in China a new strain of bird flu has taken another twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / jpellgen

North Korea remains one of the mysteries of the modern world. While security officials track the country’s nuclear ambitions, there are surprises on a less dramatic level: including cell phones. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Chicken Fight in China

Aug 5, 2013
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Flickr / naokomc

You may not have realized this, but the United States and China have been battling for years over chicken. It’s a trade dispute that turned a corner late last week. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / artist in doing nothing

While the debate about genetically modified organisms in crops continues in Hawaii, there’s a new development in Asia. Three export destinations for US wheat have all resumed shipments after an incident involving GMO’s and wheat in Oregon. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / weirdchina

The weather around the state has largely cleared since Tropical Storm Flossie blew through earlier in the week. In China, a different kind of weather story is dominating the news: a massive heat wave. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

How much did you pay for your mobile phone? Whatever the total, chances are that you paid less than you would if you lived in Korea. That’s the home of the most expensive phones. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / equalexchangecoop

While the wet weather across the islands is only expected to last a matter of days…longer lasting rains are disrupting a favorite crop in Asia. The coffee crop in Indonesia has been hit with wet weather that’s lingered for two months. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Japan’s government may be on its way to using military drones for surveillance in the Pacific Ocean. That’s part of the news from a defense paper just issued in Tokyo. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / lanier67

The smoking ban at beaches, parks and bus stops on Oahu doesn’t start until January. But in South Korea, smoking restrictions in public places have been in place for about four weeks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has a progress report in today’s Asia Minute.

According to the Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone, Indonesia is one of the leading suppliers of crude oil to the state. Oil and gas are two of the country’s leading exports, but this week another Indonesian export is getting attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden may be stopping by Hawaii this weekend. He’ll be returning from a week long trip to Asia, where he’s spending most of his time in India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / terry.1953

It’s been a week since two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. While investigations continue into the incident, it’s still not clear whether the U.S. Navy will try to recover the ordinance. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Steve's Web Hosting

The use of solar power continues to rise in Hawaii. But there’s another practice that’s also on the increase---trade disputes involving solar energy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / visionshare

If you’re planning to go online at some point today, you’ll have a lot of company. The latest figures show more than 80% of Americans use the internet. That’s nearly double the rate in China—but China’s figures are growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Credit Flickr / Ian Wilson

A government investigation in China involves allegations of sex, cash and bribery. It also involves one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies…and many western executives are watching to see what happens next. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

More than 27,000 U.S. and Australian forces are taking part in military training exercises for the next two and a half weeks. Most of the drills are off the coast of Australia—but the Navy says some activities will take place in Hawaii. To the north and west, Russia is currently holding much larger military exercises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / nSeika

More than 60% of people in this country who own cell phones use “smart phones.” That’s according to a survey by the Nielsen Company. But a different kind of survey in South Korea finds that as more people use smart phones, there are some other issues that are also increasing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

South Korea’s highest court says two U.S. companies that produced Agent Orange should compensate dozens of Vietnam War veterans. The suit involves Dow Chemical and Monsanto—but what happens next is not clear. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / michaelwilding

Next year will mark a century since they stopped horse racing in Kapiolani Park. But the sport that was a favorite of King David Kalakaua remains popular in Asia…along with the betting that goes with it. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China Trade Slows

Jul 11, 2013

Hawaii’s exports to China totaled about $77,000,000 last year. That’s not a lot in terms of global trade, but according to the U.S. China Business Council, it does make the country Hawaii’s third leading export market…following Australia and Japan. As for the broader view of China’s trade picture, it’s been a week of surprises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / 757Live

Auto sales continue to be strong in Hawaii—reflecting a national trend. Across the country, car sales were up 9% last month compared to a year ago. When it comes to future sales, more automakers are looking at a particular country in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / IAEA Imagebank

Nuclear power is slowly making a comeback in Japan. It’s been more than two years since an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant in the north of the country. This week, several utilities are taking initial steps to return to operation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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