Asia Minute

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For weeks now, Congress has been working on changes to the U.S. tax code. But it’s not only the United States that is pushing tax reform. It was also a campaign pledge on the other side of the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States would be open to direct talks with North Korea. The White House has played down the prospects for any immediate discussions, but regional diplomacy is on the agenda for another event this week involving two key players. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A retired business executive in Japan threw an unusual party this week. He held the gathering to thank friends, family and colleagues—and to say goodbye. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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In recent weeks, the political world in the United States has been focused on today’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama. But on the other side of the world, there’s a legislature that’s consumed by allegations of corruption. And it’s starting to take a political toll. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Robin Zebrowski / Flickr

Last week brought another wave of developments related to sexual harassment. While the “hashtag me too” movement has swept across this country, it’s been a very different story in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As we’ve been reporting this week, Hawai‘i still has the worst homeless situation per capita among all 50 states, according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But homelessness is a growing problem in many areas—including what may be some unexpected places in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been a little more than a week since North Korea fired its latest ballistic missile test. While governments discuss further sanctions, one industry is focusing on another issue: airline routes. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Within the Asia Pacific region, Singapore is often held up as an example where free markets and the rule of law have combined to produce a prosperous society. But Singapore is now coming under growing criticism for a lack of enforcement in one area of the law: a form of video piracy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Marina Shemesh / Public Domain Pictures

Rainbows have been part of Hawai‘i since the time before people arrived. They’ve become so much a part of the islands’ identity they’re linked with everything from the University of Hawai‘i to plate lunch drive-in’s to the state’s license plate. But elsewhere in the Pacific there was recently a dramatic event involving a rainbow and a new record. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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When it comes to security issues in the Asia Pacific, North Korea continues to be a focus. But developments elsewhere in the area are also having an effect on regional strategy—and that includes news from India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Here’s a thought for holiday shopping: wiping out the personal debt of some low-income people. That’s actually a government policy in one Asian country.  And it’s a program that’s going to be growing in the new year. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The United States has been quick to condemn North Korea’s latest missile launch. That tone of outrage has been matched from other national capitals, but what may come next in the region is an open question. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A blogger in Vietnam has been sentenced to seven years in prison for “disseminating propaganda against the state.” The charges involve the way he covered the reaction to a toxic spill from a steel plant. They also illustrate the extent to which Vietnam’s government cracks down on freedom of expression. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Plastic in the ocean is a serious pollution problem—and it’s getting worse. While many factors contribute to the issue, one growing concern is plastic water bottles. And one of the largest coastal cities in Asia is trying a new approach to cut down on the waste. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The state of Hawai‘i is heading for another record year for tourism. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism expects visitor arrivals to top last year’s figure of 8.9 million—with further growth next year. But it’s been a different story for tourism this year in Korea, both South and North. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia has produced a foreign policy “white paper,” laying out policy priorities for the government. And while it doesn’t mention the U.S. president by name, his thinking was clearly an influence. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As people around the country enjoy their Thanksgiving meals, the holiday season has officially arrived. By the end of the season, there will be a significant development involving celebration, change, and one of the best known corporate names in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Teamwork is the topic of a new exercise that tested students around the world. Representatives from more than 50 economies took part, and seven of the top ten scores came from the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The U.S. military has banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol. This follows a fatal crash in Okinawa involving a serviceman, a local driver, and allegations of drunk driving. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Last week saw one of the most dramatic incidents in years at the border of North and South Korea. A North Korean soldier escaped to the South—dashing across the border in a shower of gunfire. He survived, but doctors treating his wounds were shocked by what they found. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia appears to be on its way to becoming the next country to officially recognize same-sex marriage. That follows the results of a nationwide vote spread out over two months. But the process is still not over. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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More than 1,500 South Koreans are still displaced following the country’s second worst earthquake on record. The government says at least 57 people were injured in the 5.4 earthquake which shook the southeastern city of Pohang on Wednesday. The quake has also disrupted an annual event around the country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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India’s capital city remains under a cloud of toxic pollution. The air has been so thick in recent days that flights have been cancelled, construction has been suspended, and trucks have been forced off the road. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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President Donald Trump has been traveling in Asia for nearly two weeks – wrapping up the last day of his trip today. His final stop was the Philippines, following the APEC leaders’ summit meeting in Vietnam. And while a lot of publicity from those two gatherings revolved around Trump, it was also a critical week of diplomacy for China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While U.S. retailers are preparing for the usual discount sales around Thanksgiving, there was a huge shopping event over the weekend in China. It’s a fairly new tradition, and it’s already grown into a multi-billion dollar operation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As you’ve been hearing on NPR this today, the annual APEC leaders’ meeting is now underway in Vietnam. APEC stands for “Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation,” and the gathering is familiar to residents of Honolulu—which hosted the event in 2011. But this year, it’s a new experience for a very old city. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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North Korea is a critical topic during President Trump’s current travels in Asia. But there is another side to the military situation in the region that is also getting attention: U.S. arms sales. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Senior Airman Mariah Haddenham / Joint Base Andrews

President Trump continues his Asian travels today, with China as his latest stop. While North Korea has been drawing much of the attention on this current trip, business issues are not far below the surface. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Medical tourism is a booming business across Asia. When it comes to cosmetic plastic surgery, South Korea is a particularly popular destination. But some plans to expand that practice are coming under fire. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This is a national day of mourning in Thailand. It is part of a stretch of five days of ceremonies marking the funeral of Thailand’s king—who died a year ago. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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