Asia Minute

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The National Weather Service says drought conditions on Hawai‘i Island and Maui are likely to continue during the summer, and may spread elsewhere across the islands. Forecasters blame a strong El Nino—which is likely to have a different impact in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Water levels are already high along parts of Asia’s longest river…and government officials are warning of spring floods that could be “catastrophic.” 

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Karn Bulsuk / Flickr

US stocks are trading today on the news of the latest jobs report out this morning. The US market closed an active first quarter of 2016 just about where it started the year.  But for many Asian markets, it was a very different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Volatility is one word for Asia Pacific stock markets in the first quarter of 2016.  You may recall how a tumbling Chinese market helped send relative panic through global markets in the early part of the year…driving most US indices down more than 10% by mid-February.

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Chinese visitors are coming to Hawai‘i at about the same rate they were a year ago.  That’s according to figures released this week by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. And those traveler numbers remain small compared to what’s happening in northeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

One day this week, about 45,000 Chinese visitors sat down together in South Korea for a dinner of fried chicken and beer.  Reuters reports they came on 158 different flights from across China…part of a sales incentive trip by a cosmetics company.

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DVIDSHUB / Flickr

The next primary election for both parties is less than a week away…in Wisconsin. While the campaigning continues, some of the rhetoric is getting attention from overseas---especially when it comes to Donald Trump’s views about Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Donald Trump has told the New York Times that he’d consider withdrawing US forces from Japan and South Korea unless those countries pay more for their upkeep.  He also indicated he’d be willing to have Japan and South Korea develop nuclear weapons programs.

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NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

The health of coral reefs continues to be a focus for marine biologists and researchers in Hawai‘i and around the world.  A team in Australia has just returned with an update on the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The survey’s lead scientist says coral bleaching in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef is changing it forever.  A team from James Cook University examined 520 reefs in the area, only 4 showed no evidence of bleaching.

NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr
NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

The health of coral reefs continues to be a focus for marine biologists and researchers in Hawai‘i and around the world.  A team in Australia has just returned with an update on the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The survey’s lead scientist says coral bleaching in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef is changing it forever.  A team from James Cook University examined 520 reefs in the area, only 4 showed no evidence of bleaching.

The recent terror attacks in Brussels have brought a focus on the Islamic State’s activities in Western Europe. And while there continue to be related developments in the Middle East, concerns are also spreading to East Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Vietnam has one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. It’s also a country that remains under strict Communist Party rule, where political dissension is not tolerated. The latest reminder of that reality came this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Vietnam has been quicker to embrace a market economy than a democratic society.  About eight years ago, former police investigator Nguyen Huu Vinh started a news blog—including political commentary and reports on official corruption.  He called it Anh Ba Sam—or “Side Walk News Agency.”

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After historic performances, the season is over for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of Hawai‘i.  Later today the men’s NCAA tournament continues, but there’s another sport that’s getting some attention this week in parts of the Asia Pacific.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Philippines national team is heading for the world championships.  So are teams from Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand—plus the United States.

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Maks Karochkin / Flickr

Disputes about the regulation of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have taken place from Honolulu to Mumbai. This week in Indonesia’s capital, the issue brought rush-hour traffic to a stand-still. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Jakarta’s traffic is not a good place to be at the best of times.  And Tuesday’s morning rush hour was definitely not the best of times.

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bfishadow / Flickr

There are new twists this week in a business deal that could involve nearly two-dozen hotel and time-share properties in Hawai‘i. Marriott International boosted its bid for Starwood Hotels and Resorts to $13.6 billion dollars. That tops the latest offer from a group of Chinese investors led by Anbang Insurance—a name you may be hearing more often in coming months. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


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Paul / Flickr

The health of coral reefs is a critical concern not just for Hawai‘i, but for all parts of the Asia Pacific. And recent developments from Southeast Asia and off the coast of Australia have not been encouraging. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Bradley Eldridge / Flickr

Tourism is a growth industry in Japan. The government wants to increase foreign visitors as the Tokyo Olympic Games approach in the year 2020.  And this week officials put out a special request for help in that goal. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia’s government has spent much of this week hosting the largest delegation of French business executives to visit the country in nearly twenty years.  The focus is not tourism or wine, but the future of Australia’s submarine fleet.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Australia is shopping for submarines.

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Mike Mozart / Flickr

A study out this week shows that quitting smoking cold turkey is the most effective method of kicking the habit.  For many, that process can be helped by nicotine patches, acupuncture and other aids.  Governments can also play a role—whether that’s raising the legal smoking age as Hawai‘i has—or taking a different approach as authorities are doing in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Crews on the west side of Hawai‘i Island have been fighting a series of brush fires over the past two months. Dry conditions have complicated the efforts—and that’s also the case in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that story in today’s Asia Minute.

Indonesia’s weather patterns are not slaves to the calendar.  Rainy season and dry season can vary on the thousands of islands sprawling across the archipelago.  Dry season is already underway on parts of the island of Sumatra…and that means fires.

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A lot of attention in the political world is focused on tomorrow’s primary elections--from Ohio to Florida. But on the other side of the world, another kind of election is going on—with consequences that will linger for years. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

New Zealand is in the midst of a national election.  Citizens are not choosing a national leader or even a local representative—they’re selecting a FLAG.  You might remember this story—it’s been going on for a while.  In fact the initial discussions date back to the time of the Second World War.

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Madeleine Deaton / Flickr

The National Weather Service says Hawai‘i Island and Maui are experiencing “severe drought”….and warns the drought conditions may intensify around the islands this summer.  Drought is also plaguing parts of Southeast Asia—and that’s changing plans for a festival coming next month.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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China’s slowing economy has raised concerns about everything from tourists visiting Hawai‘i to economic growth in Australia. And now there’s another impact: on the global art market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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John Cooke / Flickr

Swimming and fishing are two activities that many residents and visitors appreciate around the islands. But in Hong Kong, a policy maker’s suggestion combining the two has led to an angry response.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hong Kong’s chief executive writes a blog…and from time to time uses it to informally float a few ideas.  His latest thoughts concern fishing, and swimming…at lunch time.  Leung Chung-ying suggested that the city mark out several fishing zones on the waterfront of Central—Hong Kong’s business district, along with a “swimming shed.”

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Jaro Larnos / Flickr

The start of the Summer Olympics is now less than five months away. And while teams and individuals around the world are competing for a spot at the games in Brazil, a very different kind of competition is about to start this week in Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s human versus machine in the board game of “go”….often called the world’s oldest game still played in its original form.  Players use black or white stones to gain territory on a grid by surrounding groups of the other player’s stones.

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Navies from the United States to Australia are planning to order and develop new submarines and ships. If you’ve ever wondered about what happens to the old ones, there’s a development on that front from India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Denise Chan / Flickr

  Angioplasty and stents, how do you know if that's enough or if you are going to need open heart surgery. Dr. Stephen Chan will help to sort it all out. He's an invasive cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente and will be sharing his expertise on how to treat a blockage, and what happens if you need to have a surgery. 

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DVIDSHUB / Flickr

As home to the U.S. Pacific Command, Hawai‘i is a critical part of U.S. military strategy when it comes to the Asia Pacific. Another big player in the region has come out with its latest strategic plans—and some themes sound familiar. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Nova / Flickr

Honolulu has made the top forty in a list of the world’s cities ranked by quality of life. As with other measures, this is a very unscientific list—but it includes a number of cities in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Matthew Fern / Flickr

This week’s high surf around the islands is a seasonal occurrence, with the intensity varying depending on a number of factors. An important part of tracking developments is a vast network of buoys across the Pacific that also monitors the impact of El Nino.  And there is news this week that part of that network has been cut. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

There’s a report this week that Japan has cut back the number of buoys it operates in the western Pacific to monitor changes in the ocean.  Bloomberg says the country’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and 

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The Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia is coming under closer scrutiny when it comes to the possibility of a terrorist attack. Australia issued the latest warning—but officials in Malaysia say there’s no reason to worry. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Community meetings about dengue fever are being held this week on Hawai‘i Island. Officials will answer questions and provide updates Tuesday at 12:30 in Captain Cook at Yano Hall and Thursday at 11:30am in Hilo, at the State Office Building. While the education campaign continues on the Big Island, dengue is also raising concerns in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

As you think about your weekend plans on this Aloha Friday, they may include a movie. And while your local options include a number of new releases that have rolled out over the past couple of weeks, they don’t include the latest box office draw from China—which is already setting records in several parts of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here’s a story.  A billionaire property developer buys up an offshore wildlife reserve and starts killing all the sea life with sonar technology.  Turns out that includes mermaids—and mermen.

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Alfred Grupstra / Flickr

Asia’s largest aviation show is underway this week in Singapore.  The exhibits feature both civilian and military aircraft, and it’s already turned into a busy marketplace.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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