Asia Minute

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News of the Zika virus in recent weeks has focused on Brazil and in the United States, on Miami. But Zika is also a growing concern in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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“Cybersecurity” wasn’t even a word until 1989. Now it’s a subject for graduate degrees and a field for careers. It’s also a growing concern around the world—and according to a new study, especially in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A recent development in Southeast Asia has sparked a national debate in the region’s largest economy. Indonesia is wrestling with questions of public health, education, and smoking. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Music stores may be more of a memory than a booming business in many places, including Hawai‘i.  Although venues such as Hungry Ear records and Ideas Music and Books in Honolulu are still in operation, in at least one part of Asia, record stories are still a growth industry.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Immigration has become a big talking point in the current U.S. presidential campaign. But the topic is a political issue in much of the world—including Australia---where a new report out this week comes to some surprising conclusions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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This is an active week for both diplomacy and the military in East Asia. For the first time in several years, Tokyo will host a meeting of foreign ministers from South Korea, China and Japan. And as those talks go on, so will regional military exercises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A Hollywood movie that hasn’t even been released yet is already sparking some controversy in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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A controversy in the Philippines has moved to a new level this week.  The case involves the president, drug dealers, and hundreds of deaths in less than two months. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

When he campaigned for the Philippine presidency earlier this year, Rodrigo Duterte promised to violently crack down on drug dealers.  In his first fifty days in office, the bodies have been piling up.

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Several science organizations now agree that last month was the hottest July on record for planet earth.  Calculations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agree with those from NASA and Japan’s weather office.  And in South Korea, dangerous heat has continued well into August. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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In recent years, China has moved up the global rankings in a number of measures. Those include the size of the country’s economy and the growth of its middle class. But the country is also moving up the scale in at least one negative area as well. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Heart disease is a big growth area for China.  The latest Journal of the American College of Cardiology out this week includes the first study of its kind looking at a range of risk factors in China over a number of decades.

The news is not encouraging.

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The world’s largest fishing fleet is about to get a little bit smaller. Chinese officials say they will reduce the number of fishing boats sent out to coastal waters to help restore fish stocks. But environmental groups say that’s just part of the story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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You may remember a couple of years ago, when a popular Japanese boy band came to Hawai‘i and brought thousands of visitors with them.  Now a South Korean boy band is coming—with a huge fan base.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The state of Hawai‘i has the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the country—with a goal of using 100-percent renewable energy by the year 2045. Part of that mix is geothermal power—which is also a growing part of the energy picture in Indonesia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Honolulu Rail project continues to be a focus for this week’s mayoral election on O‘ahu. As cost estimates and other complications rise, a recent transit development from China sounds promising. Or maybe too good to be true. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The tourism industry is always looking for new ideas—whether they involve visitors coming to Hawai‘i or traveling elsewhere in the world.  But a proposal floated this week by a government official in Thailand may not gain a big international following.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand wants to track its tourists closely….by way of a computer chip.  A government agency wants all foreign tourists to be issued SIM cards.

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A new sort of spacecraft is heading for the International Space Station. It’s a project led by Australian researchers—and if it’s successful it may have a global impact. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Summer Olympic Games are well underway in Rio—gathering athletes from all over the world. That includes China…which has sent more than 400 competitors in 29 sports….and one policeman. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Shao Weimin has a lot of work to do over the next couple of weeks.  He’s been sent from China to help look after the safety of Chinese athletes, tourists, and even journalists in town to cover the Olympic Games in and around Rio de Janeiro.

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Access to the internet is censored in China…but more people are logging on.  The government released figures this week that show that China remains home to the biggest number of internet users in the world.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Some 710 million Chinese now use the internet.  For a little perspective, that’s more than double the entire population of the United States.  That’s according to China’s government…which for these purposes defines an internet user as anyone who has gone online at least once in the past six months.

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The United Nations Security Council has been meeting about North Korea following that country’s launch of a ballistic missile that reached Japanese waters.  While most headlines about North Korea involve missiles and government rhetoric, there’s also news this week about defectors.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

South Korea’s government reports the number of North Korean defectors is rising sharply compared to a year ago.  The Seoul Government has a cabinet level “Ministry of Unification”---which tracks these numbers closely.

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Tropical Storm Howard may bring some rain to the islands this weekend, but it’s not expected to cause any major problems or heavy flooding. It’s a different story elsewhere in the Pacific—where forecasters are watching the impact of the strongest typhoon to hit the region so far this season. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Typhoon Nida rattled through Hong Kong early Tuesday.  More than 150 flights were cancelled…others delayed, the stock exchange was shut down, and most local businesses simply pulled down their steel shutters until the storm passed.

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The president of Taiwan has been in office for less than three months. But she has already made history—not only as the first woman president of Taiwan, but also for an apology she made this week to the indigenous people of the island. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Prime Minister of Singapore is spending most of this week in Washington. It’s the first official state visit by a Singaporean leader in more than 30 years. And discussions will include at least one topic that came under fire at the political conventions of both republicans and democrats. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Rim of the Pacific military exercises in and around Hawai‘i will wrap up next week. The five weeks of RIMPAC make up the largest maritime exercise in the world—involving more than two-dozen countries this year. But another set of ocean maneuvers will soon get attention thousands of miles away. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The concept of income inequality was a theme of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, and it’s getting some attention this week at the Democratic National Convention. It’s also getting some publicity in Indonesia—where it played a role this week in a government shakeup. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Food trucks are popular around the islands—and their numbers have grown in recent years, especially in Honolulu. But they’re still a novel concept in parts of Asia. This week, the government of Hong Kong is awarding licenses for the city’s first 16 food trucks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia minute.

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Tropical Storm Darby is gone, but humid weather lingers across much of the state. Teams are also cleaning up after some extensive flooding. Recent floods in China have been much more destructive—and apparently have led to a crackdown on the news media. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute. 

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The Democratic convention gets underway later today, a week after the Republican gathering. This is also the day for a political tradition in the Philippines—one that will be getting a closer look than usual. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Hōkūle‘a is continuing its voyage along the coast of northern New England today. Earlier this week, a very different kind of canoe was launched on an experimental voyage on the other side of the world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Two ocean-going grass canoes were launched from an island in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture….bound for another island about 50 miles away.  Each carried a crew of seven—part of a longer-term project studying possible migration patterns of early settlers to Japan.

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The Republican convention wraps up later today in Cleveland. And while much of the focus has been on speeches and domestic issues, the Republican Party Platform has a lot to say about China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Political conventions often highlight personalities over platforms…but when it comes to Republicans and China, there’s a notable shift in the platform.

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There’s news today about a multi-billion dollar rail project that will change the look of a capital city. It’s not the Honolulu rail project—this is a high speed train that would link Singapore with the capital city of Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The leaders of Singapore and Malaysia signed a train deal this week.  It’s a memo of understanding for a high-speed rail project that would link Singapore with Kuala Lumpur—about 185 miles.  Planners say it will turn what is now about a 5 hour drive into a 90 minute ride.

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