Asia Minute

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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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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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Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Japan’s Prime Minister will likely be the first Asian leader to meet face to face with Donald Trump since the presidential election. Shinzo Abe will see Trump next week. Other leaders in Asia are either reaching out to Trump or making plans for further communication. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was already heading to Peru for a summit meeting of leaders of APEC--the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.  Now Abe will leave Tokyo a little early and stop by New York next week to meet Donald Trump.

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Gage Skidmore / Flickr

As the world continues to consider the implications of a Donald Trump presidency, that process goes on across the Asia Pacific. And the focus varies depending on the country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

At this early stage, it’s all nervous speculation.  How exactly will Donald Trump deal with the Asia Pacific?  A Thursday headline from Korea’s Joong Ang Daily says “Trump’s Victory Worries Korea.”

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The US presidential election has not only dominated the US news cycle for weeks, it’s also been a focus overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at early media reaction from the Asia Pacific in today’s Asia Minute.

Shock, disbelief and uncertainty.  And that was just the reaction of financial markets in the Asia Pacific.  As Donald Trump pushed closer to the White House, regional stock indices tumbled.  Markets around Asia closed before the election was settled—with Japan taking the biggest hit.

The Nikkei sank more than five and a third percent—to a three-month low.

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There’s a growing scandal in South Korea, and this one has nothing to do with the president. While Park Geun-Hye  remains at the center of a government controversy, the latest news involves baseball. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Measurements of air quality across Hawai‘i rarely dip below “moderate.” The most common reading of monitors around the islands from the Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch is “good.” But in the capital of India, it’s a very different story—especially in recent days. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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From the Chicago Cubs to the presidential election, it’s been an eventful week for domestic news. There’s been much less publicity about a pair of dramatic developments in China when it comes to aviation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China launched the most powerful rocket it’s ever sent into space on Thursday night local time.  It’s called the Long March CZ-5…and analysts say it’s roughly equivalent to the Delta Four Heavy model of the United States.

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One of China’s earliest consumer hits from the United States is going a bit more local. The company behind KFC and Pizza Hut has spun off its China operations. It’s a strategic bet that has some risks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Tourism is enjoying another strong year in Hawai‘i. The most recent figures show visitor arrivals so far in 2016 are up by more than 2.5 percent from a year ago, while visitor spending is up nearly 4 percent. While the performance is solid, it’s nowhere near what’s going on in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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If you’ve ever thought that cars are getting bigger in Hawai‘i while many city parking spaces are staying the same size, you are correct. But the situation is even worse in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Halloween is celebrated in many parts of the world, but it’s not a universal holiday. One country where the festivities get a mixed reaction is Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

 

A columnist for Australia’s Fairfax Media captures the spirit of the season with a question.

“Does Australia Care About Halloween?”

75 percent of nearly a thousand people responding to an online poll say no.

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Republic of Korea / Flickr

There are new developments today in a politically charged case featuring leaked emails and allegations of influence peddling.  This has nothing to do with the U.S. presidential election—it’s a story from South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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MIKI Yoshihito / Flickr

While the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians battle it out for Major League Baseball’s crown, they’re far from the only baseball teams still on the field.  Despite the name of the “World Series” there are at least three other pro leagues playing for championships right now—in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The International Energy Agency says renewable sources of energy now have the capacity to produce more electricity than coal. In a new report, the group also reports half a million solar panels were installed around the world every day last year.  The news comes as researchers launch a new solar project in Singapore.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Craig Nagy / Flickr

Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, we are now exactly two weeks away from Election Day. The results will set the tone for the next four years of government leadership in the United States. But in China, a political gathering underway this week may have an impact that lingers even longer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wind power is a growing part of Hawai‘i’s energy mix. As discussions continue about potential projects on different islands and even offshore, researchers are keeping an eye on some developments in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

When you think of wind power, you probably imagine those giant propellers spinning in the breeze.  That’s the standard design for harnessing wind energy—but when the winds speed up to hurricane strength, that can be a damaging time for the windmills.

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The president of the Philippines is spending time in China this week. So far, the official meetings have featured a lot of rhetoric and some diplomatic maneuvering. But they’re also covering trade deals and investment. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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