Asia Minute

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Flickr / Loic.Hofstedt

There’s confusion today about what exactly is happening with China’s economy. It’s an important question—because the answer will help determine the economic health of Asia. It will also have implications here in the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

AP Photo/A.M. Ahad
AP Photo/A.M. Ahad

If you’re like most Americans, chances are good that some article of clothing you own was made in Bangladesh. Only China produces more clothing for export. And workers in the industry say it’s time for a raise. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Fried Dough
Flickr / Fried Dough

Strawberries are not the biggest crop in Hawaii, although farmers do grow them in upcountry Maui and on the Big Island. A Japanese company better known for televisions and other electronics is now looking at strawberries as a new line of business. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asian Bookworms

Sep 23, 2013
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Flickr / sm0k1nggnu

You may have spent some time over the weekend reading a book…either in print or maybe in electronic form. The Association of American Publishers says more than 20% of the books sold in the U.S. are now e-books. Sales of e-books are growing in Asia too, but with some unusual developments. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Vic DeLeon
Flickr / Vic DeLeon

One of the long-term concerns about that molasses spill in Honolulu harbor is the health of coral. The lingering damage of the spill on the reef ecosystem remains unclear. This week, an Australian study finds another connection between reef health and sharks. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Korea’s Coffee Fix

Sep 19, 2013
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Flickr / puuikibeach

One of Hawaii’s top crops may be developing a new fan base. Coffee consumption has been growing in many parts of the world—in locations as diverse as India and the United Arab Emirates. But perhaps the most surprising figures are out this week from South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Thomas Fan
Flickr / Thomas Fan

If you plan to take part in this year’s Honolulu Marathon, you’re probably well into your training. That race takes place 11 weeks from Sunday. And so far, organizers have not had to deal with a behavior that’s become an unusual racing issue in Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / CCS Insight
Flickr / CCS Insight

Who made the phone that you carry around all day? If you’re one of the growing number of Americans who use a smart phone…chances are that at least part of the technology has something to do with Apple or Samsung. While these two technology giants battle it out around the world…events are moving especially fast in one part of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / malyousif

Among all the varieties of food that you can find in Hawaii, one item you’ll never find on the menu is shark fin soup. Hawaii was the first state to ban it—back in 2010. And now a leading economy in the Asia Pacific is taking a step in the same direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / ToGa Wanderings

The Chinese government is making policy changes to improve the country’s air quality. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Lukman Anugerah Mirda
Flickr / Lukman Anugerah Mirda

A dozen years ago, Miss Hawaii took part in the Miss World Pageant. This year, Miss World USA is from California—but all of the contestants are facing some unusual challenges this month in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

AFP
AFP

Much of Japan is still celebrating Tokyo’s naming as the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. But further north, another Japanese city is in the news—for a very different reason. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Frühtau
Flickr / Frühtau

As the new work week begins, there are signs of slightly easing tensions between North and South Korea. The two countries have restored the military hotline that was disconnected in March. And a couple of events taking place this week may show some further progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been a busy year so far for visitors from Australia. The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports travelers from Australia are up by nearly a third compared to a year ago. But any Australians visiting the islands this weekend may have done some early voting. Otherwise, they’ll be missing an election at home. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

As the Group of Twenty nations gather in Russia today, much of the media’s focus will be on Syria. But the host country is a growing part of the Asia Pacific. And that’s been underlined by a number of developments quietly taking place over the summer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / j.anniewang

We’re still a couple of weeks away from the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. That’s a Chinese holiday that’s also celebrated by many people here in Hawaii. And one of the stars of the festival is the moon cake…which is now an unlikely target of official attention in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / OtroMan

If you spent too much of your Labor Day weekend in front of a television, you might want to hear this next story. A medical study from Singapore finds another reason to be cautious about television time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Irish Colonel
Flickr / Irish Colonel

Queen’s Hospital was the first one built in the islands…founded in 1859. That makes it older than the first hospitals in South Korea. One of those facilities is having some unusual challenges this week—concerning VIP’s. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Anna Banana!™

Just last week, state officials raised their forecast for Hawaii’s economy—projecting growth of 2.6% this year. That’s a little faster than the national economy is growing, but it’s a fraction of the pace of some economies in Asia. While China remains one focus, another country with close ties to Hawaii is showing surprising strength. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The pursuit of new energy sources is a focus for many countries right now. In Hawaii, that search is centered on renewable energy. But in some parts of Asia, they’re exploring for a different kind of fuel. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Corey Ann
Flickr / Corey Ann

Billabong is a name that’s well known in the islands. There are three stores in the state…and the Billabong Pipe Masters surf competition takes place each December at the Banzai Pipeline. But back in Australia, the company’s having some trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Andrew-M-Whitman
Flickr / Andrew-M-Whitman

The United States is selling half a billion dollars of helicopters to Indonesia. News of that deal comes as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his travels in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s still not clear whether or not the legislature will hold a special session to consider gay marriage in Hawaii. But in Singapore, the issue of gay rights is being discussed on a much more basic level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Auto Show 2013
Flickr / Auto Show 2013

It’s been a strong year so far for car sales in Hawaii. The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association says new vehicle sales are up more than 13% in the first half of the year compared to a year ago. While Japanese cars remain the market leaders here in Hawaii, a car made in India is making some headlines overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / SimplyInfo
Flickr / SimplyInfo

It’s been nearly two and a half years since an earthquake and tsunami led to disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan. This week, Japan’s government announced highly radioactive water has been leaking from the facility. It’s the latest indication the plant’s troubles are far from over. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / majorjonasfong

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be in Honolulu later this week. He’s stopping by on his way to Asia. Earlier this week in Washington, Hagel spoke with his Chinese counterpart about improving military ties between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

On most measures of water quality, Hawaii scores well compared to other states. But recent reports from Asia show two of the region’s largest countries face a growing crisis when it comes to water pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / mhobl
Flickr / mhobl

Commercial shipping is one of the lifelines of Hawaii. Container ships coming here from mainland ports don’t have to deal with ice…but it’s a different story for the latest business route of some Chinese ships. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Ed Jones / Getty Images
Ed Jones / Getty Images

Earlier this year, the Honolulu zoo introduced three lion cubs to the islands. While local residents here can see lions of various sizes…at one zoo in China, that’s a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

68 years ago today Japan gave its unconditional surrender…bringing the second world war to a close. Today, the Pacific is peaceful…but regional tensions remain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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