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   The head of the U-S Environmental Protection Agency is in Taiwan today. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is on the island to discuss environmental cooperation, but her visit is also noteworthy for other reasons. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been a little more than three years since the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant. At the end of last week, Japan’s government announced a decision about nuclear power and the country’s energy future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There are less than three weeks left in the current session of Hawaii’s legislature. Elsewhere on the political calendar, primary elections are scheduled for this August, and the general election is in November. This summer is also election season elsewhere in the Pacific---Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

  A battle over birth control in the Philippines has been going on for more than a decade. Two of the country’s most powerful institutions have been fighting each other. And this week, it’s come to a conclusion. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in China for a third day today. He’s on an Asian trip that began with a stop in Hawaii, and has included some friction in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A student-led occupation of Taiwan’s parliament will be ending later this week. Organizers have agreed to leave the building on Thursday…after talks with the legislative speaker. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  One of the biggest economic questions in Asia has a direct impact on Hawaii. It’s a question about Japan—and how much of an impact a tax increase will have on spending. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A picture snapped with President Obama this week is sparking some controversy. It’s not because it caught the president under any embarrassing circumstances, but it’s providing some publicity that’s definitely not endorsed by the White House. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s still too early for March tourism figures for the state…but statistics from February show the number of visitors fell slightly compared to a year earlier, while spending was flat. When it comes to the future of global tourism, a new report confirms much of the growth will come from Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   Local residents in a southern Chinese city are protesting the construction of a new chemical plant. It’s the latest case of public anger potentially playing a role in changing plans of the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been two weeks since students in Taiwan entered the national legislature and occupied the building. They’re still there--protesting a proposed trade deal with mainland China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   Cars sales across the country are expected to rise slightly this month compared to a year ago. That word comes from Kelley Blue Book, which did not break out state-wide projections for Hawaii. In China, analysts expect growth in auto sales to be much stronger. And that’s leading to some changing international business plans. HPR’ Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Justice Delayed in Japan

Mar 28, 2014
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  The man who’s believed to be the world’s longest serving death row inmate was freed this week. It’s a case in Japan that goes back nearly fifty years…and now has a new twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues, the incident is having a number of impacts across Asia. One concerns political relations between Malaysia and China. And that is now extending to tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Pacific Business News reports about 15-percent of school age children in Hawaii attend private schools. That makes for more than 33-thousand students in the 75 largest private schools alone. The idea of private school is expanding elsewhere in the Pacific—in southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The politics of trade have taken a violent turn in Taiwan. Last week, protestors broke into the parliament building because of their concerns about a trade deal with China. This week, government forces responded. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia minute.

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   Two Asian leaders are beginning the week with an unusual meeting. Relations between Japan and South Korea have become frayed in recent years. The leader of each country has been in office a little more than a year, but they have not yet had an official summit. That will change because of the intervention of the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This is the first Aloha Friday of the spring. That means celebrations in many parts of the world. But for one group marking the change of seasons, it meant trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There are about six weeks left in the current session of Hawaii’s legislature. While there have been some contentious issues, there hasn’t been anything like the disruptions that have hit Taiwan’s parliament this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  After nearly two months, the government of Thailand has lifted a state of emergency in and around Bangkok. Protesters in the area have dwindled, but the future of the government still remains unclear. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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All this week, Hawaii Public Radio is presenting a series we call “Genetically Engineered: Beyond Emotion.” While the United States has been on the front end of research and development of genetically modified crops, other countries have taken different paths. And when it comes to China, that path has gone in more than one direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains.

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  The movement to raise Hawaii’s minimum wage is among several measures making it through the state legislature during the current session. The issue of wages is also under discussion elsewhere—in several states, in Congress, and in a particular case in India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 You may not have given much thought to your refrigerator lately. But some other people have. And the result is shaping up to be one of the biggest battles of corporate Korea—one that will be fought in American kitchens. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  While Hawaii’s state legislature considers raising the minimum wage during this session, broader salary discussions are going on in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put out the word that he wants companies to pay their workers more. And there may be some embarrassment involved for big companies who refuse. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The British Union Jack has been part of the Hawaiian flag for nearly two hundred years. And for well over a century, it’s been part of New Zealand’s flag as well. But that may be on its way to changing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Hamlet for North Korea?

Mar 12, 2014
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  It’s been about a year since the Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble staged the Shakespearian tragedy “Hamlet.” Now, controversy has developed over another group’s plan to take that play on the road…all the way to North Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Three years ago today, a massive earthquake and tsunami rumbled through northern Japan. The natural disaster was made worse by the fact that it crippled a nuclear power plant. And even after three years, the region is far from recovery. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Spring arrives a week from Thursday. And while this winter has seen fairly typical weather in Hawaii, that’s not the case everywhere. Many parts of the mainland have had a severe winter, and in Southeast Asia, there’s still a lingering drought. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This is a busy week for Chinese politics. The National Peoples Congress began its annual meeting Wednesday, and the proceedings will continue into next week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on what that means in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Hawaii is a popular destination not just for tourism, but also for real estate investment. And some of that money is coming from China. But it’s nothing like the amount of Chinese investment that’s flowing to Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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