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.

President Obama will hold his first summit meeting with China’s president next month in California. The meeting comes with a broad agenda for both sides. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / sheilaz413

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said earlier this spring that he does not believe Oahu needs another landfill. The mayor hopes technological advances, including a new H-POWER plant will eliminate the need to add anything beyond the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. But in Hong Kong, waste is a very different story. And Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

The number of Chinese tourists coming to Hawaii is continuing to grow. But China’s government has some advice for citizens traveling anywhere overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

One of Apple’s main contractors in China has been making progress when it comes to improving working conditions, but there’s still a lot more to do. That’s the view of a labor monitor appointed by Apple. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tensions are rising between two Asian allies of the United States. And U.S. officials say the escalation is a matter of concern. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asian Arctic Ambitions

May 15, 2013
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Flickr / gordontour

If you look out the window anywhere across the islands, the Arctic Circle may feel like a long way away. But at a meeting in Sweden this week, a number of Asian countries are trying to get a bit closer. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been nearly three weeks since a clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh…killing more than 11-hundred people. In the west, clothing companies are beginning to respond, but there are other changes ahead in Bangladesh. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Honolulu is not the only city with a debate about trains. In Vietnam, there’s been an ongoing discussion about improving the rail link between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Voters across Pakistan will go to the polls tomorrow for national parliamentary elections. While the campaign has been marked by violence, the event will also produce some history. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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