Asia Minute

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  India’s new prime minister was sworn in today in New Delhi. Narendra Modi’s political party was voted into power by the largest margin in thirty years. And one of his policy priorities is a bigger drive on renewable energy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  Elections have changed the leadership of a number of Asia Pacific countries in recent months from Australia to India.  And now campaigning is underway to choose the president of the world’s third-largest democracy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
W

  China is calling for a new security alliance in Asia. This week, China’s president suggested a grouping that includes a couple of countries that have strained relations with the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  Thailand remains under martial law for a second day. The chief of the army says troops are in place only to maintain security, and it’s not clear how long they’ll remain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  Russian President Vladimir Putin is in China this week. The visit underlines how the two countries are growing closer, not only when it comes to energy supplies, but also in other ways. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Seoul’s Hotel Boom

May 19, 2014
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  South Korea remains a growing market for tourists coming to Hawaii. For travelers going to South Korea, hotel rooms can be a challenge, especially in the capital city of Seoul. But that’s beginning to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

nationalpost.com via Creative Commons
nationalpost.com via Creative Commons

  China’s movement of an oil rig to a spot in the South China Sea has sparked reaction all this week in Vietnam. It’s moved from protests to violence, and the situation remains unresolved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  State tourism officials continue to look at China as a growth market. And they’re not alone. France already attracts more than a million Chinese visitors a year, and officials are trying a new idea to draw even more. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

nbcnews.com via Creative Commons
nbcnews.com via Creative Commons

  A continuing dispute between China and Vietnam is getting wider attention. That includes here in the United States, where it’s drawn comments from Secretary of State John Kerry. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr Commons / jynxzero
Flickr Commons / jynxzero

  

  The results won’t be official until Friday, but it looks like India may be heading for a change of government. According to exit polls, the main opposition party is leading in national elections. And if those results hold up, it will spark a series of changes. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  One month from today, a certain portion of the world’s population will turn its attention to Brazil. That’s when the World Cup begins: 32 teams from around the world playing for soccer’s most famous prize. Only three of those teams come from the Asia Pacific, and their travel plans are quite involved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

cnn.com via Creative Commons
cnn.com via Creative Commons

  A dispute between China and Vietnam is threatening to escalate further. Each country accuses the other of ramming its ships in the South China Sea…in an area that is rich in oil and mineral deposits. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  Politics in Thailand have become more complicated this week. The country’s constitutional court ordered the Prime Minister to step down, but the political party in power is holding on as a caretaker government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  This is a week of unusual diplomacy for Japan. Several lawmakers are in Beijing, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leads another delegation to Europe. Both groups are focused on relations with China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism expects modest growth across the state this year. D-BEDT’s latest forecast calls for 2.6 percent growth this year, just a bit slower than the growth rate for the overall U-S economy. Growth is faster than that in Asia, but it’s slowing down in certain parts of the region. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Pixabay Commons
Pixabay commons

  The nature of retirement has changed over the years in Hawaii. These days it often involves an active lifestyle, volunteer work, even part time jobs or second careers. In Australia, retirement is changing in a different way. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Weibo
Weibo

  Figures out earlier this week confirmed a slowing trend for tourists visiting Hawaii. A tourist problem of a very different kind popped up this week in China. And it’s a cautionary tale about meeting the expectations of visitors. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons

  As the state legislature prepares to end its session, the political focus will be shifting to election season, with state primaries scheduled for August 9th. This summer will also bring elections to Thailand where the political scene remains much less clear. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  According to US Census figures, more than 11% of households in Hawaii are multigenerational, with three generations under the same roof.  That’s the highest rate in the country and it’s something that’s shared with one of China’s largest cities. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  

  President Obama is wrapping up his four nation tour of Asia today. Starting last week, the president visited Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. Now he’s heading home from the Philippines, a stop that has particular significance for some military forces based here in Hawaii. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons via Al Jazeera English
Wikipedia Commons via Al Jazeera English

  This week is election week in India. And so was last week. In fact, national elections in the world’s largest democracy take about a month and a half to complete. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  A labor dispute at a Chinese factory that makes shoes for some leading American brands has stretched to nearly two weeks. A strike at the facility has disrupted business, and is drawing increased international attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  President Obama is continuing his travels in Asia this week. Another well-known personality from North America is also in the region---and has managed to create a bit of a controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Getty Images
Getty Images

  According to the website Beauty.com, Hawaii has nearly seven tattoo parlors for every 100-thousand residents. If you’re among the inked, you might want to be careful about your travel plans. That is, if you have a certain type of tattoo…and if you’re heading for Sri Lanka. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

news.nationalpost.com
news.nationalpost.com

  A cargo ship belonging to a Japanese company has wound up in the middle of a dispute between Japan and China. A court in Shanghai has ruled the Chinese government can seize the ship because of a debt that pre-dates the second world war. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

A couple of months ago, the power went out at Kona Airport, for more than an hour.  No flights were affected, but the system did not work the way it was supposed to.  And then it happened again, and six outbound flights were delayed.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  Nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by pollution. Late last week, that word came from government officials in Beijing. And reaction is still coming from across the country—even from the state-run media. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  An emerging economy in Southeast Asia is getting more attention from the United States government. The focus is the economy, and a new office will soon be open for business. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Melting in Manila

Apr 17, 2014
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  It takes about eleven hours to fly direct from Honolulu to Manila. But if you’re making travel plans for anytime soon, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  China’s economy is slowing down. That official word comes from the Beijing government, but the ripples spread much further. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s asia minute.

Pages