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We’re just past the peak season for commencement ceremonies at Hawai‘i’s high schools and universities. While higher education may be part of the plan for some graduates, education of a different kind is getting some attention in South Korea.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Last week, we told you about an island in Thailand that has been so overrun with tourists that it’s now temporarily closed to visitors. It’s a movement that appears to be growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The price of coffee can be a moving target. For local producers, considerations include everything from weather conditions to the state of the coffee borer beetle. But in some parts of Asia, the key factor this year is rain—or the lack of it. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Stories of computer hacking and security breaches have become common around the world. But a case this month in Japan has taken cyber-crime to a new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

 

 

This was a hack attack that integrated time zones, international banks, and more than a thousand ATM machines across Japan.

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(As you heard earlier on Morning Edition/ATC), President Obama continues his Asian travels today with another day in Vietnam. While the president’s meetings include a focus on political and security issues, trade is another key topic. And it’s one that U.S. companies have been paying attention to for decades. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

23 years ago, the United States still had a trade embargo against Vietnam.

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The latest dispute between the United States and China could be a topic of discussion in Hawai‘i this week. The meeting is a regularly-scheduled event focusing on maritime safety, but it follows a potentially dangerous encounter last week in the South China Sea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The U.S. Defense Department says two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane on “routine patrol” last Tuesday.

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For sports fans in the United States, it’s playoff time for professional basketball and hockey. In Europe, fans of soccer—or football as they would call it—saw the Premier League wrap up its season at the start of this week. And there’s a definite Asian angle to that story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

Leicester City famously beat the odds this season to win its first ever Premier League Championship—the pinnacle of English soccer.

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Tina Franklin / Flickr

The treatment of overseas workers in Asia is a continuing issue for many governments. Human rights groups say many are mistreated. That’s especially true for domestic workers--those employed as maids. And now the government of Indonesia is taking action. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Indonesia wants to ban its citizens from working as live-in maids in foreign countries.

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The start of peak travel season is still a few weeks away, but it’s already been a strong year so far for Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry.  Visitor arrivals had a record first quarter, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority expects a strong summer.  In Thailand, a busy period for one island has led to a different result. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

When it comes to tourists, one of Thailand’s popular beach spots is just saying no.

Or no thank you…..at least for the time being.

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The waters off Hawai‘i will be the scene of a new kind of military exercise next month. For the first time, forces from the United States, South Korea and Japan will hold a joint missile defense drill. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

This exercise will test an information-sharing network among the United States, Japan and South Korea…in case of a North Korean missile launch.

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Many of this year’s political races are coming into clearer focus. From mayoral contests across the state to the presidential election, there will be competition. But the titles of the office holders are not a point of contention. That’s not true everywhere. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Immigration policy continues to be a focus around the world---from Europe’s refugee crisis to the US presidential election. In parts of Asia, another twist on the issue centers on the use of foreign workers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nearly 15% of Malaysia’s work force is made up of people from other countries.  That’s according to the government, which puts the number of foreign workers at a little more than 2 million.  Non-profit labor groups estimate as many as 2 million more work in the country without documentation.

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How fast is your internet connection? Of all the charms and wonders of Hawai‘i, speedy broadband access doesn’t make the list.  In fact, according to one survey last year, we rank 46th in the country for average speed of connection.  And the latest tech news about Asia makes the comparison even more sobering.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Ranking technology use by location can be a tricky business.  Several times a year, various groups report on different measures of technological prowess and adoption.

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The government of Thailand will be closing a controversial gold mine by the end of the year.  It’s a case that involves overseas investment, local jobs, and questions about health.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wildfires in Canada are blowing smoky air into parts of the United States this week. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air pollution health advisory over the weekend because of smoke coming from Ontario. In Asia, there’s a big debate in many countries about how much air pollution blows in from Mainland China. But in Taiwan, there’s a new movement to reduce homegrown air pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Facial drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, and time- that's the meaning behind FAST, the pneumonic to remember the signs of someone having a stroke. Learn more with Dr. Matt Koenig.

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Geography is not always a strong subject for Americans.  The National Assessment of Educational Progress consistently finds US students’ score poorly on geography tests, and other studies find many parents don’t do much better. But if you have any dealings with a map of India, you’ll want to pay closer attention.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains why in today’s Asia Minute. 

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  Now that Donald Trump appears to be headed for the Republican nomination, international attention is shifting to what that might mean beyond America’s borders. Trump’s very presence in the November election means certain assumptions about U.S. foreign policy may come under question—including in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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In the United States, political attention is shifting from the primaries to this fall’s general election.  In the Philippines, this coming Monday is Election Day—with more than the presidency at stake.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The front-runner in the presidential election in the Philippines remains a right-wing mayor campaigning on an anti-crime message….including the return of public executions. 

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Thousands of residents in southern Japan remain homeless—nearly three weeks after the region was struck by a series of powerful earthquakes. Local authorities are still working on improving refugee shelters, amid concerns that many families will be living there for some time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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National forecasters say Hawai‘i faces an increased chance of wildfires this summer, in part because drought conditions worsened last month. Dry conditions are also causing fire worries in Southeast Asia, but one government is taking some steps that may lead to a safer summer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Several organizations are trying to increase the number of business start-ups in Hawai‘i. From seed funding to business incubators, more resources are slowly becoming available. Across the Pacific, governments are floating some other ideas to achieve the same goals. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

If you’re a technology entrepreneur with an idea that can create jobs, the government of New Zealand would love to hear from you.  And there might be a visa in it for you.

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Coffee can be a challenging crop—whether it’s grown here in Hawai‘i or anywhere else in the world. And while local farmers are battling the borer beetle…in parts of Asia, the enemy is the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A South Korean official says North Korea test-fired two missiles today….and both of them failed.  It’s the latest development in what has been an active time in the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tensions are even higher than usual these days on the Korean peninsula.  Thursday’s failed missile launches are the latest in a series of test firings.  This past weekend, North Korean military officials said they launched a ballistic missile from a submarine…while western observers say an attempted launch a couple of weeks ago failed.

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Election news in the United States remains focused on primary elections and the nomination process for presidential candidates.  In the Philippines, the presidential election is less than two weeks away—and recent polls have taken a new turn.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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A number of Japanese sports and games are popular in Hawai‘i. There was a time when Hawaiian-born sumo wrestlers dominated the top ranks of the sport.  And other games from Hanafuda to Sudoku have caught on in the islands. But one particular sport that’s been developed in Japan hasn’t yet made it to Hawai‘i---although it’s spreading across Asia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One of the biggest abalone farms in the world is located in Hawai‘i. It’s on Hawai‘i Island—run by the Big Island Abalone Corporation. Across the Pacific, a different method of raising abalone is sparking new interest. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

In the waters off Western Australia, artificial reefs are home to a growing crop of abalone.  Those behind the project call it the world’s first sea ranch for abalone.  That’s a delicacy in many Asian countries—and demand is rising fast—especially in China.

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It’s been more than a week since the first of two earthquakes shook southern Japan. Nearly fifty people died in the quakes, and tens of thousands of residents are still struggling to put their lives back together. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Rain is in the forecast this weekend for Kumamoto Prefecture in southern Japan…a little more than a week after two earthquakes shook the region.  Government officials say nearly 100-thousand people remain in and around overcrowded evacuation centers, some are sleeping outside as nighttime temperatures hover in the 40’s.

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More than half of Hawai‘i’s population is currently living under drought conditions. That’s according to the latest weekly reading from the U.S. Drought Monitor—put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But in parts of the Asia Pacific, conditions remain much worse. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been nearly three years since Edward Snowden revealed the extent of certain U.S. intelligence gathering efforts around the world. Since that time, one focus of espionage has been on telephone and computer surveillance. But this month in China, there’s a different focus. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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