Asia Minute

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As we’ve been reporting, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming to Hawai‘i next week, where he’ll visit Pearl Harbor with President Obama. Back in Tokyo, there’s another element at work in diplomatic relations between Japan and the United States. And this is on a much less serious level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Let’s start with the “Koi Dance” it’s a set of moves choreographed to the theme song of a Japanese TV drama.  Various groups are shooting and posting their own video versions.

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Lenny K Photography / Flickr

While this is a week of holiday celebrations for many, it’s a difficult week for millions of people in Malaysia. That’s because their water has been shut off—and in many cases it’s not coming back until the weekend. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The holiday season is a peak travel time not only in the United States, but in several other parts of the world. That includes Hong Kong, where the airport was disrupted Tuesday by an unusual visitor. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Laughlin Elkind / Flickr

It’s officially flu season in Hawai‘i. According to the state Department of Health, flu season lingers here from November until May. But in Asia, there’s a different kind of flu that’s getting attention this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Flickr

Police in Indonesia are warning about a new tactic that terrorists are using. It involves a shift in strategy and a new focus for law enforcement officials. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The newest factor in domestic terrorism in Indonesia may be the emerging role of women.  The country’s chief of police says militant cells are now specifically recruiting women—calling that a new development.

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Jason Tong / Flickr

If you’ve been to the national capitol building in Washington DC, you may have admired the historic dome, or the view down Pennsylvania Avenue.  In Australia, there’s a different tradition associated with the capitol building—and it’s about to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Australia’s “Parliament House” has a unique look--patterned on a pair of boomerangs.  When it opened in 1988 the building showed a broad vision that put the parliamentary chamber and other government offices under a sweeping lawn.

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It seems like during every legislative session in Hawai‘i, there’s some discussion of legalized gambling. But Hawai‘i and Utah still remain the only two states in the country to ban any form of gambling. In the Asia Pacific, gambling is a growth industry—and this week another major economy moved a step closer to opening casinos. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A multi-billion dollar rail project has just taken a big step toward completion. But this train is not in Hawai‘i, it’s thousands of miles across the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Republic of Korea / Flickr

Political scandal is still dominating the news in South Korea. The president’s powers have been suspended and her future remains uncertain. The parliament is in transition and to the surprise of some, financial markets remain relatively calm. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

South Korea started the week with the Prime Minister as acting president.  The ruling political party is split between those who remain loyal to President Park Geun Hye, and those who joined in voting for her impeachment last week on allegations of influence peddling.

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Individual Design / Flickr

Census figures show residents of Hawai‘i are living longer than ever before…and that’s bringing a variety of challenges. From traffic safety to health issues, kūpuna care is a focus for a growing number of local families. And there may be some lessons from another place dealing with an aging population: Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 Ash Carter is continuing his last trip around the world as Defense Secretary—spending time today in the Middle East. He spent much of this week in Asia—where his last stop was a significant one. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Marufish / Flickr

People on every island across the state are familiar with invasive species. One of the most dangerous is the little fire ant, found in the biggest concentration on the windward side of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. And now a similar problem is plaguing a part of Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Policy makers in the United States and Asia are still talking about Donald Trump’s recent phone call with the leader of Taiwan. There’s been a big focus on how the call broke decades of precedent—and how China’s government may react. But there has not been a big focus on Taiwan itself. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The topic of Taiwan can lead to a delicate dance for many international groups.  It’s largely because of Taiwan’s presence that international groupings such as APEC are referred to as “member economies” and not “member nations” or “countries.”

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 While the latest visitor numbers point to another record year for Hawai‘i, there’s a new frontier in tourism. The race to put tourists in space is picking up speed with some new contenders in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The price of Brent crude oil has hit its highest level in nearly a year and a half. If prices stay at that level or see further gains, there will be broad economic impacts—especially in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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yeowatzup / Flickr

The United Nations has hit North Korea with a new round of trade sanctions. The latest action by the Security Council is in response to the country’s last round of nuclear tests—held in September. But whether these moves will be effective is another question. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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ITU Pictures / Flickr

South Korea’s president has put her political life in the hands of that country’s parliament. She says she’s willing to resign, but there’s a catch—and it’s left many observers confused about the future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It seems like South Korean President Park Geun Hye is offering to resign…to step down before her five-year term expires in February 2018.  She told a national television audience Tuesday that she would let South Korea’s parliament “decide my fate, including a plan to shorten my presidential term.” 

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Studio Incendo / Flickr

There’s no question that Hawai‘i has a shortage of affordable housing. That’s also a frequent complaint for a growing number of cities in the Asia Pacific. And in Hong Kong, some of the projections are dramatic. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Philippe Teuwen / Flickr

Much of the news from South Korea these days focuses on politics—and the scandal surrounding the country’s president. But tourism has quietly become another big story in Korea—and now that too is being affected by politics. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Nam-ho Park / Flickr

A shipment from Taiwan to Singapore was held up this week in Hong Kong. It’s an unusual case that combines elements of business, diplomacy and the military. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nine armored personnel carriers are stuck on a dock in Hong Kong.  They were found on a container ship bound from Taiwan to Singapore.  Singapore’s Defense Ministry says the vehicles were used in “routine overseas training” ...adding that the government expects “the shipment to return to Singapore expeditiously.”

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If you plan to eat a lot on this Thanksgiving, you might want to consider exercise at some point. Increased activity is on the mind of Thailand’s leader this week—and he’s taking some unusual steps to spread the idea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand’s prime minister thinks government workers need to get out more.  Specifically, he wants them to get outside and exercise.  Prayuth Chanocha came to power in a military coup…he’s a former chief of the army and he’s no one’s idea of a democratically elected leader.

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Republic of Korea / Flickr

South Korea’s president is fighting for her political life. A growing scandal is consuming time, focus, and the attention of several parts of the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As the President-elect continues to put together his cabinet, the rest of the world continues to wonder what the policies of the Trump Administration will be. That’s certainly true in the Asia Pacific. And this week, many business people in India are trying to figure out what Donald Trump might mean for their future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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President of Russia Via CC

President Obama has wrapped up the last foreign trip of his presidency. His final stop was Peru—for the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum---APEC. It’s an event that always gets a lot of media attention around the Asia Pacific—but this year’s meeting included a different tone. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

APEC has always played heavily on symbolism—from the clothing to the closing statements.  There’s the “class photo” with leaders posed in some local attire---this year in Peru it was the serape, a sort of shawl.

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Donald Trump’s meeting yesterday with Japan’s Prime Minister has made national newscasts in the United States. But in Japan, it’s been a continuing story for some time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The challenges and living conditions of indigenous people around the world are now getting more attention than they have in the past. In Australia, a study out this week includes a number of disturbing findings. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

These are difficult days for the indigenous people of Australia.  That’s the bottom line of an extensive review by the federal government.  It concludes that the “wellbeing” of indigenous Australians is “stagnating or worsening.”

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The future of trade policy is one of the many questions about the next presidential administration. During his campaign, Donald Trump threatened US automakers with tariffs of up to 35% on vehicles made in Mexico. But that’s not changing the plans of one major US automaker in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Borman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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When we last checked on the presidential election in Palau, incumbent Tommy Remengesau, Jr. was ahead by 78 votes, with about three thousand Mail-in ballots yet to be counted. We have an update from Neal Conan, in the Pacific News Minute.

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Chinese investment capital is continuing to shape the economic future in many parts of the world. On O‘ahu, China Oceanwide Holdings has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on property investment at Ko Olina and Kapolei West. And this week, there’s a new and unusual Chinese player in Hollywood. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Two of Asia’s biggest economies have agreed to a new level of cooperation. Japan and India are launching a new round of business deals with a focus on nuclear energy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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