Asia Minute

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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.

The name of the fastest-growing economy in Asia may surprise you. It’s no longer China. The Philippines is Asia’s best-performing economy—and the government says it plans to use that growth to fight poverty. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii is not the only place where the use of pidgin gets debated. In Singapore, the use of language is the topic of an annual government campaign. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / donovanbeeson

Cell phones are now used all over the world. But their growth has pushed out an older technology. The telegram is about to disappear from its last outpost: in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Dick Thomas Johnson

It’s been a volatile week for the world’s financial markets. That’s especially true in Asia—and in the country that’s the most important to Hawaii’s visitor industry: Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / 401(K) 2013

How often do you use a credit card? According to a new study, the average American uses a credit card 78 times a year. That’s near the top of the global rankings—but the biggest users of credit cards live in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been twenty years since the first non-Japanese wrestler became a grand champion of sumo. Chad Rowan of Waimanalo wrestled under the name of Akebono. Decades later, sumo is marking a new round of diversity. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China is about to launch another manned spaceflight. This mission will last a bit more than two weeks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute

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Flickr / artist in doing nothing

Investigators in Oregon are still trying to determine how genetically modified wheat wound up in a farmer’s field. The incident’s already having an impact in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

President Obama is meeting the president of China today in California. One of the topics on the agenda is North Korea—and there are some new developments to discuss. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Auto companies around the world are increasing their production of more environmentally friendly vehicles. And one country in southeast Asia is taking steps to become a center for factories producing “green” cars HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / samsungtomorrow

The U.S. trade deficit grew nearly 9% in April…thanks largely to an increase in imports from China. But buried in the statistics was another fact: the trade deficit with South Korea has now hit a record. HPR’s Bill Dorman takes a closer look in today’s 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.

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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.

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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.

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