Asia Minute

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  When you hear stories about pollution in China these days, the focus is usually air. But water pollution is another staggering problem for the Chinese government which is also starting to get closer attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

Tokyo Digs Out

Feb 18, 2014
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   Snowy weather on the mainland has provided a lot of headlines this winter. But recent snowfall in parts of Japan has sent officials there scrambling to check the record books. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Solar Flares with China

Feb 17, 2014
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  Many players in Hawaii’s solar installation business are struggling. Last fall, Hawaii Electric established a rule that homeowners on Oahu must get HECO’s approval before installing rooftop photovoltaic systems. On a broader scale, a trade dispute with China is having an impact elsewhere in the solar business. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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President Obama’s next travel plans to the Pacific won’t include Hawaii. But the White House says an April trip will include stops in four Asian nations. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  China’s latest project in space exploration has been having some problems. Millions are following the status of the country’s lunar rover, known as “The Jade Rabbit.” HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A dispute over Genetically Modified crops in Australia is heading to a high court there. The argument involves an organic farmer who says he wound up paying a high price for his neighbor’s decision to plant GMO crops. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A tradition of nearly 70 years is coming to a close in Australia. Because of shifting economics, the country will stop producing cars. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s asia minute.

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 It's a familiar story across the state.  Young people often leave home for college and for work, and return to Hawaii when they can, often on vacation.  Or sometimes they return after achieving a career milestone.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has one of those stories about a Big Island native.

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Among the many proposals before the legislature this session, two involve gambling. One would allow a stand-alone casino in Waikiki, and another would allow gambling aboard ships. While neither measure may make it to the governor’s desk this year, casino gambling is making new strides in South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The Pentagon spending bill that President Obama signed at the end of last year includes nearly half a billion dollars for improvements and upgrades to bases in Hawaii. When it comes to broader military spending in the Asia Pacific, figures are rising across the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you have a fully-stocked medicine cabinet, some of the contents may come from India. According to government statistics, as much as 40-percent of all legal drugs consumed in the United States come from India. But there have been some safety issues—and that’s leading to a visit by a top official from Washington. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute

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  A debate about geography in East Asia has stretched all the way to the state of Virginia. The focus is now on school textbook, and what to call a certain body of water. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  US stocks recovered some of their losses today, following big drops on Monday.

Even so, it’s been a tough start to the year for stock markets around the world, and that includes financial capitals in Asia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   Over the last two weeks, a technology company in Asia has gone on a corporate spending spree. The Beijing-based company has spent five-billion dollars buying some familiar American names. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’re listening to this while you’re on the road, you may be among those who have opinions on traffic in Hawaii. While certain hours may be busy in some locations, odds are good that you can at least follow the street names. That’s not the case in some places in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  January has turned out to be a very busy travel month for the prime minister of Japan. Shinzo Abe has already been to several African nations as well as the Davos Economic meetings in Switzerland. But it’s his recently completed trip to India that may turn out to be the most significant. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   When it comes to car sales in Hawaii, Japanese automakers are still the big three.

Toyota, Honda and Nissan together control about half the market in the islands. And now one of those companies exports more cars from the U-S than it imports. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   China and Taiwan may be inching closer in their political relations. Developments this week point to a key meeting coming up in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The end of this week will bring various celebrations of the Chinese New Year around the islands. The Lunar New Year comes on Friday. But in China, it comes with a debate about fireworks.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A woman in Hong Kong was arrested this week on charges of torturing her Indonesian maid. The case has gotten wide publicity in Hong Kong—and underlines the conditions faced by thousands of household workers there. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 The political campaign season is just getting underway in Hawaii. But while elections here will take place later this year, they’re scheduled to come much sooner in Thailand. And this week Bangkok remains under a state of emergency. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia’s Computer Shift

Jan 22, 2014
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  If you’re making more use of a mobile device this year than last year, you’re not alone. In fact, as more people rely on smart phones and tablets, it’s leading to a global shift in business. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Recent concerns about compromised credit card data in the United States have focused on a couple of retail stores. Both Target and Neiman Marcus confirm on-line thieves stole some customer information. But there’s word from South Korea this week that nearly half the nation’s residents may have had their credit card information stolen. HPR’s Bill Dorman has the details in today’s Asia Minute.

Japan Recovery?

Jan 20, 2014
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   Later this month, the Hawaii Tourism Authority will release year-end figures on visitor arrivals for 2013. Through the first eleven months, visitors from Japan were up slightly, but they didn’t stay as long as they did a year earlier…and they spent less each day. Still, Japan remains the most important international market for Hawaii visitors. And that means state officials keep a close eye on the latest economic news from Tokyo. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

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We’re still two weeks away from the Year of the Horse, but preparations for the lunar new year are already underway in China. The government tracks a forty-day travel period surrounding the holiday…and that started this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 While temperatures remain generally pleasant across the state this week, that’s certainly not the case in Australia. Parts of that country are sweltering under a heat wave that’s led to brush fires, electricity outages and safety warnings. And researchers there are blaming climate change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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South Korea plans to cut back on its use of nuclear power. But that has not stopped the country’s president from lobbying for a greater role in the development of the nuclear power program of India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As the state legislature gets ready to start its new session tomorrow, lawmakers are well aware that 2014 is an election year here in Hawaii. It’s also supposed to be an election year in Thailand, in just a few weeks. But that date may now be in doubt. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Some fishing rules have changed a bit across the islands with the start of the New Year. For example,  on Oahu, fishing is allowed this year off Diamond Head…on the Ewa Side of the Waikiki Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse. Off the west coast of the Big Island, scuba divers can no longer spear fish. Further from Hawaii, other rule changes have been proposed and are causing some controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Researchers in Hawaii are planning more studies this year on geothermal energy. Right now, the only working geothermal projects are on the Big Island. But Maui and parts of Oahu are also under review for potential exploration. Geothermal energy is also a topic of interest in Japan…and government officials are extending that interest to Africa. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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