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Two Chinese astronauts have started a month-long mission in space. It’s the sixth time China has sent people into space—and this trip will be the longest.  It’s also unusual because of the age of one of the astronauts. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Washing windows can be a tough job—it’s difficult work and it can be dangerous. And in Hong Kong, it has turned into a chore with international implications. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Thailand remains in mourning today, following the death of its king. While the king of Thailand was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, his relationship with his subjects might be hard for outsiders to understand—along with what comes next. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here are three things you never want to do in Thailand:

Never point the soles of your feet directly at someone—it’s extremely rude.

Never pat someone on the head—it’s a real invasion of a private space.

And never insult the royal family—it’s against the law.

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The president of the Philippines is heading to China. Rodrigo Duterte has talked about shifting his country’s military relationship with the United States, but this trip also has a business side. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is heading for Beijing next week…and he’s bringing a sizable business delegation.  A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry confirms Duterte will have a “deep exchange of views” with China’s president and premier over a four-day visit starting next Tuesday.

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Video conferencing has been around for decades, but its use has exploded in recent years. As the business practice becomes more common, certain challenges have emerged. And one in particular has drawn the attention of a major Asian company. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Supporters of video conferencing say it can cut business travel expenses and provide better communication than old-fashioned telephone conference calls.  But what if you’re working from home---and you don’t really want to get all gussied up just to stare into a camera on your computer?

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The topic of cyber security has come up in each of the presidential debates. While the United States says Russia is trying to hack into election related systems, one country in Asia is launching a national strategy aimed at computer security. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Singapore has launched its first International Cyber Week.  It’s an event the government is using to publicize its approach and plans for defending against computer crime.  Singapore is among the leaders in the world when it comes to organizing a national strategy on that issue.

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How much time do you spend online? For a growing number of people, the answer to that question is “too much.” And a recent conference in Asia addressed some of the issues involved in that behavior. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This is a big weekend in the world of auto racing.  There’s a NASCAR race in North Carolina, a Formula One Race in Japan, and a more unusual contest going on in Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has the details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawai‘i and Utah are the two most restrictive states when it comes to gambling—banning all forms of it.  They are among a handful of states that don’t have lotteries. Singapore has been experimenting with gambling in recent years—and there’s controversy about a new development coming later this month.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Two sets of military exercises are underway this morning (this afternoon) in Asia. Only one involves U-S forces, but they both highlight political challenges in the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This is a big vacation week in China. Saturday marked the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China—and public holidays during the week make it a popular time for travel, both inside the country and overseas. One location keeping close tabs on visitors is Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Air pollution in China is a familiar story. The focus is usually on the outdoors—centering on emissions from factories and the burning of fossil fuels. But according to a new survey, there’s also a growing problem indoors. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is in Honolulu today. Where he will host a meeting with a number of his counterparts from Southeast Asia.  The talks come following an eventful week for one of this country’s closest allies in the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Art education has been used in prisons for decades. Today there are arts programs for inmates in Hawai‘i and around the country. There are national organizations from The Prison Arts Coalition to Shakespeare Behind Bars. But in Australia, a government move to cut some programs is drawing a backlash. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

New South Wales is Australia’s most populous state….home to the country’s largest city: Sydney.

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You may have a favorite family recipe---or a whole set of them.  While recipes are often passed down through generations, sometimes there are secrets involved.  Think of Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken—or the formula for Coca-Cola.  In Singapore, there’s a new twist on an old recipe—a very lucrative one. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Computer hacking is a topic that has touched areas from international relations to the U.S. presidential election. Now the president of Indonesia says his country has seen a dramatic spike in cybercrime. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia’s government has reached a settlement in a case involving the Great Barrier Reef, a Chinese shipping company, and extensive environmental damage. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Nearly five and a half years ago, a Chinese coal ship rammed into a coral shoal off the northeastern coast of Australia.  The ship, the Shen Neng 1, was returning to China…carrying 65,000 tons of coal…along with 975 tons of heavy fuel oil.

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Hawai‘i is on track for another record year in tourism in 2016. So is Japan—and government and business leaders there are adopting a new strategy to push their visitor numbers even higher. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

If you think “Pokemon Go” got people moving, wait till you hear about the latest tourism draw in Japan.  It’s related—built around the popular Japanese themes of anime and manga.  Anime is animation—but also so much more.

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China is one step closer to its goal of establishing a permanent space station.  Last night, a rocket launch carried a component into space which is a key part of the project.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China has launched its second short-term version of a space station.  It’s a smaller model of the permanent station that China plans to have in orbit sometime in 2022.  This is about 50-feet long—and it went up without a crew.

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Mosquito-borne illnesses are a concern in various parts of the world. They range from dengue and West Nile virus to yellow fever. Two other diseases are a current worry in a pair of Asian capitols. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

More than a thousand people in the Indian capital of New Delhi have come down with chikungunya this summer.  That’s a virus that is spread by mosquitoes.  It attacks the joints—and can cause high fever.

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Changes may be coming to relations between the United States and one of its closest allies in the Asia Pacific.  It’s the latest twist involving the president of the Philippines.  And this development concerns the military.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

What to make of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?  It’s a question on the minds of US policymakers…given his continuing commentary on relations between the two countries. 

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If you’ve been following the presidential campaign here in the US, you’re very familiar with the concept of building a wall between countries.  Donald Trump wants to build one on the border with Mexico.  But there’s a location on the other side of the world where that idea is moving closer to reality.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The economics of solar power continues to be a topic of debate around the world.  Last week, Hawaiian Electric announced O‘ahu has nearly reached its limit when it comes to rooftop solar systems that send energy to the electrical grid. In Australia, it was a week of record project announcements…but also a time of political dispute. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Several parts of the islands have been hit with flooding at different points this summer. One characteristic of flash flooding is the intensity of sudden downpours—which are often unexpected. Research teams working in Japan have come up with a novel idea that might help. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Exports are an important part of any economy—and that’s especially true for many countries in the Asia Pacific.  From semiconductors to cars, South Korea depends on exports for nearly a third of its overall economic activity.  And while trends are declining for many products, there’s one notable exception.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been a week since South Korea’s biggest shipping company filed for bankruptcy. The shipper’s parent company is investing more money, but the future remains uncertain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

There’s no doubt Hanjin Shipping remains in dangerous waters.  When the company suddenly filed for bankruptcy last week, the action shook ports around the world.  The company’s assets were frozen—stranding ships—many of which have been unable to unload or take on cargo.

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As many Americans were enjoying their Labor Day holiday yesterday, the Group of 20 wrapped up its leaders’ summit in China.  There was general agreement on macroeconomic policies—but no real breakthroughs.  Some of the more interesting parts included side meetings between various leaders—including the President of China and the Prime Minister of Japan.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Labor Day has been a national holiday in the United States for 120 years. While the September observance is only made in the United States, there’s some activity in the labor movement that’s been taking place this month in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One of the world’s biggest steel companies is expanding its presence in Southeast Asia. It’s a story that combines global business strategy, shifting corporate priorities and evolving roles for two Asian economies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

South Korea’s biggest steelmaker is opening an automotive steel producing plant in Thailand.  POSCO is the fifth largest steel company in the world, according to the World Steel Association.  By the way, 13 out of the 15 top steel producers are based in Asia…..8 of them in China.

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More than two-thirds of Americans now own smartphones. The Pew Research Center says that’s up from 35% just four years ago. Starting next month, five million smart phones will be going to a group of consumers in Pakistan with an unusual story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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