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Playing golf may have declined in popularity, but owning golf courses hasn’t. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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(As you’ve been hearing today on NPR,) Chinese President Xi Jinping is starting two days of meetings with President Trump today in Florida. The list of potential agenda items is extensive, and is getting wide coverage in the U.S. media. But what about the view from Asia? HPR’s Bill Dorman has some perspectives in today’s Asia Minute.

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The latest visitor arrival numbers for the state will come out next week from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. But a broader look at the travel picture shows that worldwide tourism continues to grow faster than the global economy. And the star of the show remains the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This is International Women’s Day. Around the Asia Pacific, there are different events to mark the occasion—and there’s also some new research showing mixed results when it comes to certain measures of women’s progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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When you hear about infrastructure in Hawai‘i, you may think of sewers, roads or bridges. You may also think of Honolulu’s multi-billion dollar rail project. When it comes to developing countries in Asia, the price tag is in trillions—and rising. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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2016 was another record year for tourism in Hawai‘i. It was also a record year for travelers from several Asian countries when it comes to spending money overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One of the first actions Donald Trump took as President was to pull the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership. The move was widely expected, but for a number of countries in Asia, there is an alternate multi-lateral trade deal that is waiting; one put together by China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Tourism remains a dominant factor in Hawai‘i’s economy. While full-year figures for 2016 aren’t out yet, visitor arrivals could hit another record. 2016 was also a strong year for tourism in Asia—with plans for growth this year as well. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  We’ll find out what opportunities exists for tech startups in the Asia marketplace. With the East Meet West event coming up in January we will talk about how Hawaii companies can differentiate and compete.

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It’s officially flu season in Hawai‘i. According to the state Department of Health, flu season lingers here from November until May. But in Asia, there’s a different kind of flu that’s getting attention this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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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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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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After his brief visit on Oahu, President Obama flies out to Midway Atoll, and then onto Hangzhou, China to take his place with the leaders of the top twenty economic powers. This year's G20 summit comes amid rising tensions in both the East and South China Seas, and accelerated defense spending.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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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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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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The global economy should continue on a growth path for the next several years, but at a slower pace. That’s the word from the International Monetary Fund, which has revised its world economic outlook. But when it comes to regions of the world, Asia is still generally a strong performer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Eyes Asian Markets in Tourism Outlook

Dec 9, 2015
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Officials from the state’s biggest industry shared their plans for promoting the islands to key international markets, including China, Southeast Asia, and Korea. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

It was mostly good news at Tuesday’s tourism briefings. For example Hawai‘i saw a 29% increase in travelers from China this year, bringing it up to the fourth most popular destination in the United States.

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For the first time in three years, leaders of China, Japan and South Korea will hold a three-way summit. The gathering takes place this weekend in Seoul - and the leaders will have a lot to discuss. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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On this Aloha Friday in late summer, you may be thinking about the weekend…or even vacation.  While the week leading up to Labor Day means time off for some Americans, it’s a different story in many parts of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

As the month of August winds down, so does traditional summer vacation time—a topical issue in Asia.  In South Korea and Japan, governments are encouraging workers to take more time off, while in Singapore, there are calls for companies to give more vacation time.

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The deputy head of China's Central Military Commission is on a visit to the U.S. Fan Changlong's stops include Naval Air Station  North Island in San Diego, the aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan, and, tomorrow, the Pentagon, where he meets with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Rising tensions in the South China Sea will likely top the agenda, as we hear from Neal Conan today's Pacific News Minute.

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What’s more important to you—your health or your child’s education? That’s one of the questions that a credit card company recently asked several thousand wealthy people in Asia. And the results varied depending on the country involved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The official start of the hurricane season for the Central Pacific is two weeks from today. Forecasters expect the El Nino effect to bring another active storm season to Hawai‘i. But elsewhere in the Pacific, there are other concerns. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The latest rivalry between the United States and China doesn’t focus on trade, or military strategy, or even intellectual copyrights. It’s all about finance. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Nearly 1/3 of students at Hawai‘i Pacific University come from overseas. Both HPU and the University of Hawai‘i recruit students from other countries, including China. But when it comes to American students taking courses in China, the numbers are actually dropping. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

East Asian Spring

Mar 2, 2015
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The National Weather Service says this spring should bring average temperatures to most of the islands…with the possibility of slightly warmer weather in areas around Hilo and Kahului.  In South Korea, forecasters expect spring to arrive a bit earlier than last year keeping with a trend of recent years. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Fans of NASCAR and professional soccer are used to seeing corporate logos splashed all over uniforms. But a deal announced this week is taking the economics to a new level…and an expensive competition among Asian companies. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia’s Super Bowl

Feb 2, 2015
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 NFL fans in Hawai‘i are used to getting up early for games during the season. And while this weekend’s Super Bowl is an evening event on the east coast, it’s an afternoon activity here in the islands.  But in Asia, the time zones put an entirely different spin on the game. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains  in today’s Asia minute.

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  2014 was another strong year for auto sales across the islands. But in 2015, American consumers will have their first opportunity to buy a car made in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The Hawaii County Council faces another decision this week about genetically modified crops.  The Council will decide whether to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that invalidated a ban on open-air cultivation of GMO crops.  That finding said that state law pre-empts any county legislation on the issue.  There may be another development this week involving GMO crops and China.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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The group Transparency International is out with its annual Corruption Perceptions Index.  The numbers show some changes around the Asia Pacific, including a worsening situation in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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