Asia Minute

There’s been another development this week in the relationship between western clothing companies and the southeast Asian factories that often produce their merchandise. This time the company is Nike, and the location is Cambodia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Carl N San Diego
Flickr / Carl N San Diego

An international group is moving closer to an agreement that would restrict world wide trade in sharks. But one country in Asia is resisting — and it’s not China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand has become the latest country in Asia to cut interest rates. Central banks in the region are concerned about falling exports and a slowing Chinese economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / PhillipC

For the first time in nearly thirty years, a New Zealand navy ship will be docking at a U.S. naval facility. The event is scheduled to take place later this week in the Pacific, and marks a continuing evolution in military relations between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Relations with North Korea and much of the rest of the world remain strained. While there haven’t been any new developments since the country’s recent test launch of short range missiles, there are reports North Korea may try a new kind of international outreach. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / im elsewhere
Flickr / im elsewhere

This may be Memorial Day in the United States…but in Japan it’s the beginning of melon season. And it kicked off last week with an eye-popping auction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Summit Week for Myanmar

May 24, 2013
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Flickr / saidkristen

Japan’s Prime Minister is in Myanmar today. The visit comes at the end of a historic week for the southeast Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Many businesses and governments are focused on the economic rise of the Asia Pacific region. So when a company announces it’s scaling back a regional presence, it’s a surprise. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

President Obama will hold his first summit meeting with China’s president next month in California. The meeting comes with a broad agenda for both sides. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / sheilaz413
Flickr / sheilaz413

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said earlier this spring that he does not believe Oahu needs another landfill. The mayor hopes technological advances, including a new H-POWER plant will eliminate the need to add anything beyond the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. But in Hong Kong, waste is a very different story. And Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

The number of Chinese tourists coming to Hawaii is continuing to grow. But China’s government has some advice for citizens traveling anywhere overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

One of Apple’s main contractors in China has been making progress when it comes to improving working conditions, but there’s still a lot more to do. That’s the view of a labor monitor appointed by Apple. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tensions are rising between two Asian allies of the United States. And U.S. officials say the escalation is a matter of concern. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asian Arctic Ambitions

May 15, 2013
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Flickr / gordontour

If you look out the window anywhere across the islands, the Arctic Circle may feel like a long way away. But at a meeting in Sweden this week, a number of Asian countries are trying to get a bit closer. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been nearly three weeks since a clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh…killing more than 11-hundred people. In the west, clothing companies are beginning to respond, but there are other changes ahead in Bangladesh. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Honolulu is not the only city with a debate about trains. In Vietnam, there’s been an ongoing discussion about improving the rail link between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Voters across Pakistan will go to the polls tomorrow for national parliamentary elections. While the campaign has been marked by violence, the event will also produce some history. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea
Flickr / KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea

The president of South Korea spent a couple of days in Washington this week. She met with President Obama and told a joint session of Congress that it’s time to stop rewarding North Korea for bad behavior. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China is an important growth market for Hawaii’s tourism business. And that means developments concerning the country’s largest airline can be interesting to a wide audience. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Losing the popular vote but winning political power. It’s happened before in the U.S. presidential election, and now it’s happened in a different context in Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The week in Asia begins with a tale of two contrasting economies. Ratings agencies weighed in on the Philippines and Indonesia last week, and came to two different conclusions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Part of Hawaii’s energy future may include natural gas. The idea is still under debate, and the outcome is far from clear. Meanwhile, natural gas deposits off the coast of Africa are drawing interest—and investment—from several Asian countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / gmetrail
Flickr / gmetrail

Air pollution in China has become an increasingly common topic, both for those who live there and for those who occasionally visit. And in recent months, it’s led a growing number of foreigners to reconsider assignments to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The International Monetary Fund is positive about the economy in a key market for Hawaii's visitors. The IMF says the Asia Pacific region will grow by nearly six-percent this year, but there are also some cautions. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex
Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex

A dock strike in Hong Kong is stretching into its second month. It's a dramatic story that pits one of the world's richest men against hundreds of workers. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Thousands of people in Bangladesh are protesting safety conditions for garment workers in the country. More than 200 people were killed this week when a clothing factory collapsed in the nation's capital. The protestor's targets include some western shores. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

Hawaii's legislature passed a budget this week, but federal lawmakers are still arguing about finances --- and that's likely to continue through this summer.  Discussions of U.S. government finances often include the fact that the Chinese government holds a lot of U.S. debt.  Now Australia is planning to buy some of China's debt.  HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute. 

With news events elsewhere developing rapidly over the past week, North Korea has been pushed off the front pages of many of the world’s newspapers. But it may not stay that way. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association expects another year of growth for car sales in Hawaii—forecasting a rise of 6.5% from last year. Last month, attendance was up at the auto show in Honolulu. This week, a much bigger auto show is taking place in Shanghai. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The issue of same-sex marriage is still before the U.S. Supreme Court. In Hawaii, legislation to legalize gay marriage is not likely to pass this session. But in New Zealand, it’s a different story---one that HPR’s Bill Dorman has in today’s Asia Minute.

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