Asia Minute

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Criticism of the government is one of the traditions of a democracy. But if you live in Thailand, criticism of the royal family is another matter entirely. And now government leaders in Bangkok have issued a new warning about several well-known critics. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This week, Hawaiian Electric announced it is adding capacity for another 2,800 customers on its rooftop solar program.  There’s still a backlog of applications for households with solar panels wanting to help supply the electrical grid. While the backlog has stalled the solar panel industry here, that business is booming in Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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There’s some rain in the forecast for many of the islands over the next couple of days. But the rains won’t be anything like what they saw last year in northern Japan. Between typhoons and heavy flooding, all that water hurt several crops. And now that’s hitting Japanese consumers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The story about a man being pulled off a United Airlines flight continues to get wide coverage. But in parts of Asia, there’s a definite twist, involving race and ethnicity. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Indonesia has become the focus of a case involving local laws and gay rights. It’s gaining broader attention around the region and this week the publicity has spread around the world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Security has been a focus on the Korean peninsula in recent weeks. But while North Korea has continued firing missiles and testing rocket engines, attention in South Korea is returning to politics. And how to deal with North Korea is one of the election issues. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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President Trump continues his meetings today in Florida with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The South China Sea remains one contentious topic. But this week, the leader of another country in the region announced a surprising development. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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(As you’ve been hearing today on NPR,) Chinese President Xi Jinping is starting two days of meetings with President Trump today in Florida. The list of potential agenda items is extensive, and is getting wide coverage in the U.S. media. But what about the view from Asia? HPR’s Bill Dorman has some perspectives in today’s Asia Minute.

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Police in Australia have recovered nearly a ton of crystal methamphetamine in a single case. It is the largest seizure in the nation’s history—and it underlines how much of a problem crystal meth has become in Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Charging stations for electric vehicles are increasing across Hawai‘i. While that lays the groundwork for future sales of electric cars in the state, another location in the Asia Pacific is moving even faster. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawai‘i and Japan share a number of cultural and economic connections. One you might not think about is unemployment. The jobless rate is relatively low in both places—but that doesn’t mean all is well with the economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

President Trump is getting ready for his first face to face meeting with China’s president taking place next week in Florida. This week, there’s news of a case involving a State Department employee, Chinese intelligence agents, cash, and lies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to spend some time in Florida next week. He’s been invited for two days of meetings with President Trump starting a week from today.  North Korea is certain to be on the agenda, but there have been some noteworthy developments taking place recently in another Pacific location. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This week is spring break at the University of Hawai‘i, and many students are taking advantage by spending some time at the beach. But university students elsewhere may spend some time at the beach studying—because at some schools a swimming test is still required for graduation. And that list now includes a leading university in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Heroin use in the United States has been on the rise, connected to a national epidemic of opioid abuse. China is facing a different kind of drug issue and authorities are beginning to talk about it more openly than in the past. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A major rail project has run into financial trouble. There’s a controversy about funding, and actual construction of the route has been delayed. The story may sound familiar to Hawai‘i residents, but this rail line is thousands of miles from Honolulu. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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On this Aloha Friday, there’s yet another reminder that laughter is good for you. The Mayo Clinic has documented some of the medical benefits of laughter on its website. Studies from the United States to Japan have confirmed that humor can help with overall health and recovery from illness. And this week there was more news about laughter—coming from the animal kingdom in New Zealand. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The latest visitor arrival numbers for the state will come out next week from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. But a broader look at the travel picture shows that worldwide tourism continues to grow faster than the global economy. And the star of the show remains the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The best location in the world to find talent for start-up organizations is a small spot in the Pacific. That’s according to a report from a U.S. company that tracks startups. But the broader findings are a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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There are many ways to identify factors that spark economic development. Businesses and investment capital can create jobs. Consumer spending can boost an economy. And according to a new study from Australia, a good surf break can also make a difference. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Chinese officials this weekend, North Korea was at the top of the agenda. There are a series of other issues when it comes to U.S. China relations. And that includes a high-profile business relationship that is continuing to evolve. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Rex Tillerson is in the midst of his first trip to Asia as Secretary of State. His travels include Japan, South Korea and China—but one development he’ll face comes from Washington. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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King Kong will not be heading to Vietnam. Government officials are abandoning plans to build a life-size statue of the movie star by a popular lake in the nation’s capital. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Preserving ocean coral is a priority for many scientists and others around the world, including here in Hawai‘i. One challenge is rising ocean temperatures—but another one can be certain aspects of tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The former leader of South Korea left the official presidential residence Sunday.  Elections will be held in about two months. Meanwhile, the country faces not only continuing security threats from North Korea, also challenges in economics and politics. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been about a month since food trucks were introduced to Hong Kong. And while those trucks are popular in many spots around these islands, in Hong Kong it’s a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Indigenous people around the world share a tie to the land of their ancestors. That’s true here in Hawai‘i and it’s also true in Australia where a new study is helping some native people connect with their past.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The king of Saudi Arabia is in Asia this week. In fact he's traveling in the region for an entire month. He's already spent time in Malaysia and Indonesia and will later head to Japan and China. Why the extensive travels? HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

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This is International Women’s Day. Around the Asia Pacific, there are different events to mark the occasion—and there’s also some new research showing mixed results when it comes to certain measures of women’s progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawaiian green sea turtles are rare creatures. They are an endangered species and their only breeding colony in the country is at O‘ahu’s Sea Life Park.  Thousands of miles away, in Thailand, a cousin of the local species is recovering after a dramatic ordeal. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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