Asia Minute

Flickr / EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
Flickr / EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

The pace of international relief efforts is picking up in the Philippines. It’s been a week since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central part of the islands. And authorities are getting a better idea of the economic toll of the storm. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Putin’s Asian Travels

Nov 14, 2013
Flickr / World Economic Forum
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Much of the world’s attention this week has been focused on disaster recovery in the Philippines. But elsewhere in Asia, the president of Russia has been on the road, signing economic deals in Vietnam and announcing big plans in South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / elycefeliz
Flickr / elycefeliz

What’s your favorite soft drink? According to Beverage Digest, the top three bestsellers in the country are Coke, Diet Coke, and Pepsi. It’s a very different story in India…which is the latest battleground in the cola wars. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / sinosplice
Flickr / sinosplice

Retail stores in Hawaii and across the U.S. are looking forward to the day after Thanksgiving as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Online retailers hope for strong follow-up sales on the so-called “Cyber Monday” that follows. But in China, this week has already kicked off with a dramatic day of sales. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Gambling on Japan?

Nov 11, 2013
Flickr / maorix
Flickr / maorix

Gambling is not on the agenda of this year’s special session of the Hawaii Legislature. But it’s a topic that’s on the mind of politicians in Japan. A group of lawmakers in Tokyo says support is growing to lift a ban on casino gambling. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / DarkB4Dawn
Flickr / DarkB4Dawn

As you ponder your weekend plans on this Aloha Friday, they probably don’t include any political meetings. But if you were a government leader in China, it would be a different story. This weekend kicks off several days of meetings that could have an impact on the economy of China—which means it could affect the economy of the world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / biologycorner
Flickr / biologycorner

High school students in Hawaii can take college admission tests such as the SAT throughout the year. That’s NOT the case in South Korea…where everyone takes the test on the same day. And that stressful day for students is today. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / jankie
Flickr / jankie

It’s been six years since Hawaii raised the state minimum wage. The current level of seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour matches the federal minimum wage. Both President Obama and Governor Abercrombie wanted to raise the minimum wage this year—neither was successful. One place where it looks like the minimum wage IS rising is Bangladesh. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / J.Gabás Esteban
Flickr / J.Gabás Esteban

Just last month, lawmakers, academics and space experts gathered in Honolulu to discuss the development of an aerospace industry in Hawaii. At the same time, Alaska and Hawaii announced a joint program to develop miniature satellites and other aerospace technology. In central Asia, India’s space program is taking a major step this week—to Mars. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / John Starnes
Flickr / John Starnes

Every week seems to bring new revelations about U-S eavesdropping and surveillance…all sparked by releases from former Hawaii resident Edward Snowden. Some of the latest allegations concern U-S interests in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / toyohara
Flickr / toyohara

There’s word this week of a looming wine shortage in the world. That’s according to a report from Morgan Stanley—and part of the story behind the report centers on Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Canadian Pacific
Flickr / Canadian Pacific

One of Japan’s biggest banks has admitted doing business with gangsters. That revelation is putting new attention on the relationships between banks and organized crime in Asia’s second-largest economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / vanhookc
Flickr / vanhookc

Auto dealers in Hawaii expect to see positive numbers when their next sales figures are announced next month. As usual, you can expect Japanese automakers to top the charts. And according to some of the latest international numbers, a Japanese automaker also tops the global charts. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / unknowndomain
Flickr / unknowndomain

The United States and the Philippines are talking about expanding their military cooperation…and that may involve some forces based in Hawaii. Meanwhile, the government of the Philippines is looking to another country for its latest acquisition of military aircraft. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / TF28 ❘ tfaltings.de
Flickr / TF28 ❘ tfaltings.de

A growing number of consumers across Hawaii and around the world are using “smart phones”---devices that let you check email and the internet. So-called “smart technology” has also made its way into everything from cars to refrigerators. And now Chinese researchers are reporting new progress in “smart windows.” HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / that ambitious girl
Flickr / that ambitious girl

A popular food in Hawaii may be on its way to becoming an international institution. You may think of Kimchi as simply a Korean side dish of spicy cabbage, but it may soon be a lot more. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / saracino
Flickr / saracino

A large democracy split by an argument about raising the debt ceiling. Last week, that was the case in the United States. This week, it’s a description of Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / justshootingmemories

The impacts of the government shutdown are still being felt around the islands. One area that was hurt was research using the radio telescopes atop Mauna Kea. Elsewhere in the world of science, an important conference was disrupted—involving scientists from China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / kmichiels
Flickr / kmichiels

The future of nuclear power in Japan remains uncertain. Next March will mark the third anniversary of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in the northern part of the country. But elsewhere in Asia, another country is plunging ahead with a nuclear future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / nrisner06
Flickr / nrisner06

The trade winds have dropped off a bit this week, and that’s brought muggier weather to the islands. On most days, the trades are one factor that helps keep Hawaii’s air clean. It’s a very different story for cities in emerging Asia—and one in particular is taking new steps to try to clear the air. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / dominiklukes

If you like technological gadgets, you may be interested in what’s coming out of Asia. Recent products include phones you can wear--and a new kind of smart phone. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Rollinho
Flickr / Rollinho

As you’ve been hearing today on NPR, Senate leaders have reached a tentative deal to avoid default and end the government shutdown---which has lingered for more than two weeks. Despite the agreement,  the financial troubles of the United States are not over. And there is a growing sense of frustration in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute

Flickr / euyoung
Flickr / euyoung

One of the biggest names in consumer electronics is making headlines for a different reason this week. Samsung is going to new lengths when it comes to company recruiting. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / chrisUK
Flickr / chrisUK

School’s been back in session around the islands since August. But in China, hundreds of thousands of JOURNALISTS are about to go through some further educational training…whether they want to or not. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Ski North Korea?

Oct 11, 2013
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Flickr / raus kinnie

Winter is still two and a half months away, but it’s not too early for skiers around the islands to plan their trips. Colorado and Utah are popular destinations for ski resorts…but an unusual one may be added soon: North Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Erica Hargreave
Flickr / Erica Hargreave

Two counties in Hawaii are considering some form of regulation when it comes to genetically modified food. While this topic has been an issue of controversy in the islands for some time, it’s also sparking reaction in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

This week’s APEC leaders meeting in Bali was marked by the absence of President Obama, who stayed home because of the government shutdown. But the meeting also underlined a growing dispute between two of the biggest regional allies of the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / epSos.de
Flickr / epSos.de

Because of the government shut-down, President Obama is not among those gathered at the APEC leaders meeting this week in Bali, Indonesia. While the Asia Pacific region continues to grow faster than the rest of the world, it’s also facing challenges. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / FireTom
Flickr / FireTom

Thailand has been drenched by three weeks of heavy monsoon flooding. Government officials say about 3-million people across the country have been affected…and the rains aren’t over yet. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ
Flickr / Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

If you see more Chinese tourists than usual in the islands this week, it might be because this is China’s “Golden Week.” It’s one of the country’s semi-annual set of holidays—the other one comes in the spring. But this fall’s holidays come with a new set of rules. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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